Hillary Clinton appears to have lost the 2016 Presidential election and already before the results have been announced, Hillary Clinton's campaign has announced that she will not be coming out to make a speech tonight. Historically how often has the losing candidate decided not to come out on election night to make a statement? Is this common, extremely uncommon?

On how many occasions has a private phone call been used to concede instead of a speech, as was the case here?

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    interestingly, given your concerns she did, as the losing nominee may a call to Trump;“I just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us, it’s about us, on our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard fought campaign. She fought it very well. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude to our country.” – Mozibur Ullah Nov 9 '16 at 8:14
  • @MoziburUllah Is it common to just make a phone call on election night to concede? – user6048918 Nov 9 '16 at 8:37
  • my impression is that it is, it happens in the UK too. – Mozibur Ullah Nov 9 '16 at 8:54
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    Note that the ability to make a phone call or a televised speech on election night is a relatively new possibility in the history of the country. – Thunderforge Nov 9 '16 at 15:21
  • Edit: Recent history. – user6048918 Nov 9 '16 at 15:50

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