A top campaign adviser told PEOPLE they have no idea what Clinton's next steps are

By Lindsay Kimble
November 09, 2016 03:08 PM
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Hillary Clinton has officially conceded the presidential race to opponent Donald Trump — so what will the former secretary of state do now?

A top campaign adviser told PEOPLE they have no idea what Clinton’s next steps are.

“She really didn’t contemplate losing,” the adviser said.

Clinton shockingly fell to President-elect Trump after the GOP nominee unexpectedly swept swing states Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin and North Carolina.

In a concession speech delivered Wednesday morning from New York City, the 69-year-old said, “I count my blessings every single day that I am an American. And I believe that if we stand together and work together with strength of our convictions, our best days are still ahead of us. Because you know I believe we are stronger together and we will go further together. And you should never, ever regret fighting for that.”

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She further encouraged her dismayed supporters to stand behind Trump, urging them to remember that “our constitutional democracy demands our participation — not just every four years but all the time.”

In a recent PEOPLE interview, Clinton told PEOPLE that the first thing she’d do when she woke up on Nov. 9 would be to “start thinking about putting together a government, which I hope will be as organized as I can make it because I’m not thinking about it very much right now.”

Clinton admitted that she was superstitious, saying, “Hopefully I’ll wake up on Nov. 9, and it will be good news and I’ll be able to both get to work — and figure out how I’m going to have some fun.”

Those who know Clinton well say that she’ll rely on her faith to get her through the loss.

“She has her religious faith to fall back on. It’s been very, very stabilizing for her,” CNN senior political advisor and former Bill Clinton advisor David Gergen said on-air Wednesday. “When she takes these blows she’s one of the most resilient people you can imagine.”