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After New Hampshire loss, Hillary Clinton says she'll fight for every vote in every state

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday conceded defeat in New Hampshire's primary, but expressed confidence she'll win the Democratic nomination.

At a rousing rally with her supporters about an hour after polls closed, Clinton argued that she has the been laying out proposals that can make a "real difference" in Americans' lives.

"I want to begin by congratulating Senator Sanders on his victory tonight and I want to thank each and every one of you, and I want to say I still love New Hampshire and I always will," Clinton said.

Shortly before she spoke, her communications director tweeted that Clinton had called Sanders to congratulate him on his win. CBS News projected at 8 p.m. that the Vermont independent would win the first-in-the-nation primary.

"Now we take this campaign to the entire country. We're going to fight for every vote in every state," Clinton told her supporters. "Here's what I promise: I will work harder than anyone to actually make the changes that make your lives better."

Taking aim at Sanders, who has criticized Clinton for being too close to Wall Street, the former secretary of state said she knows how to reign it in. She said the U.S. should pursue a "bold national mission to create millions of jobs" in clean energy, manufacturing and infrastructure. Clinton said the government should make it easier for parents to balance work and family.

"We also have to break through the barriers of bigotry," Clinton said.

"African American parents shouldn't have to worry that their children will be harassed, humiliated, even shot because of the color of their skin," she said. "Immigrant families shouldn't have to lie awake at night listening for a knock on the door. LGBT Americans shouldn't be fired from their jobs because of who they are or who they love."

Clinton acknowledged that she has "work to do" in winning over the support of young people, and said she knows what it's like to "stumble and fall."

"It's not whether you get knocked down that matters," she said, "It's whether you get back up."

Clinton's speech came just after her campaign manager, Robby Mook, blasted out a memo as polls closed that said the states that hold the March nominating contests are much more important than the first four in February. He said they're more representative of the diversity within the Democratic Party and suggested Clinton will perform better next month because those states have large black and Hispanic populations -- voting blocs that support her more than Sanders.

  • Rebecca Shabad

    Rebecca Shabad is a video reporter for CBS News Digital.