They just called it! Many thought it wouldn't happen, but it did: Hillary Clinton has won the New Hampshire Democratic primary.
The atmosphere here at the Hillary Clinton HQ in Manchester has gone from calm, quiet confidence to total elation, with hugs, smiles and high-fives all around the room. Not even those on the outskirts of the room are standing still. It is hysteria. People are literally jumping for joy. From where I am standing it is a sea of hands — hundreds of them all clapping to the chant of, "HILLARY, HILLARY, HILLARY!"
And then she appears, the face of a victor. Perfectly poised and with a big smile, her first gesture is that of thanks to the crowd. Both Chelsea and Bill take the stage briefly and both warmly embrace her. Then it is time for her victory speech.
The crowd quiets down immediately, everyone listening intently, hanging on her every word.
Her speech is perfect for the occasion. She opens with a line that we have never heard before. It's a beautiful line. Every time she finishes a paragraph, the crowd erupts uncontrollably and Hillary can't help but smile from ear to ear. Then, within a second, she returns to business and continues with her speech. People are still patting each other on the back. They almost can't believe it. Even to her most devoted supporters, this has come as a surprise. Hillary Clinton is in her element, and she's on a roll. To my right, Hillary's top advisor is thanking her team. People are maniacally jumping around and screaming, their faces stretched wide with a smile. The crowd knows the speech is coming to an end, and they are readying themselves for a supernova-like explosion.
She ends with the words "This country is worth fighting for!," and the crowd goes ballistic. She remains onstage for a minute, clapping along to the song "American Girl" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers before walking offstage under an explosion of red, white and blue confetti.
Tomorrow is another day, and the race isn't over yet. Only time will tell what happens, but today Hillary Clinton is one step closer to the White House!