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Adam Parkhomenko: ‘The mood behind the stage became increasingly grim’

Adam Parkhomenko: ‘The mood behind the stage became increasingly grim’

Adam Parkhomenko sat at a table behind the stage at Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Bolton tells Russians 2016 meddling had little effect | Facebook eyes major cyber firm | Saudi site gets hacked | Softbank in spotlight over Saudi money | YouTube fights EU 'meme ban' proposal Dems lower expectations for 'blue wave' Election Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout MORE’s election night party at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, hovering over Donnie Fowler, the Democratic operative and Silicon Valley CEO. 

Parkhomenko, who had wanted Clinton to be president so badly he helped create the super PAC Ready for Hillary in 2013, was in search of good news. Together with Fowler, they scoured the web to find it. A crowd of aides and allies loomed behind them, also waiting for answers. 

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Most of the aides who had been wandering around the convention center had found refuge backstage, away from the crowds staring at big screens hoping for a victory. 

“The path kept narrowing and narrowing and narrowing until there wasn’t one,” Parkhomenko recalled. “The mood behind the stage became increasingly grim.” 

But it wasn’t one key state that convinced Parkhomenko it was over. 

Instead, it was one early departure from the event: Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards.

“I thought it was done when I saw Cecile Richards leave way too early in the evening,” he said. “I’ll never forget her walk out of the building.”