"Not our moment," Palin tells Wasilla

Rindi White
Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin arrive in Anchorage early Tuesday morning, November 4, 2008, on their way to vote on Election Day in her hometown of Wasilla.
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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin talks to the media after voting in her hometown of Wasilla on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin voted in her hometown of Wasilla shortly after the polls opened Tuesday morning, November 4, 2008, before flying back to Arizona to be with John McCain.
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Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin talk to the media after voting in Wasilla on Tuesday morning, November 4, 2008.
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Bristol Palin, center, waits inside the Chevron in Muldoon as her mother Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin talks to customers on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin wears an earring in the shape of the state of Alaska as she addresses the media outside Wasilla City Hall after voting on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, left, gets a hug inside the Chevron in Muldoon on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin order coffee in Wasilla before the polls opened on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Palin supporters outside Wasilla City Hall where Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin voted on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin turns in her ballot after voting in the Wasilla City Hall on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, left, is greeted by an elections worker on Election Day, November 4, 2008, in the Wasilla City Hall.
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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin talks to friends and supporters waiting in line to vote on Election Day, November 4, 2008, at the Wasilla City Hall.
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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, center, gets her picture taken with supporters in Wasilla on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, right, casts her ballot in Wasilla City Hall on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, left, grabs some coffee after voting in Wasilla on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin leaves the Wasilla City Hall after voting on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin leave the Wasilla City Hall after voting on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Palin supporters in Wasilla where Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin voted on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin address the media outside Wasilla City Hall after voting on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Palin supporters outside Wasilla City Hall where Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin voted on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin picks up coffee and a copy of the Anchorage Daily News while in Wasilla to vote on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin address the media outside Wasilla City Hall after voting on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Alaska Lt. Governor Sean Parnell met with Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, right, and her husband Todd Palin, left, before they boarded a plane in Anchorage on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin talks to friends and supporters waiting in line to vote on Election Day, November 4, 2008, at the Wasilla City Hall.
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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin made a trip to Alaska on Election Day, November 4, 2008, to vote in her hometown of Wasilla.
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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin order coffee at Kaladi Coffee in Wasilla as they wait for the polls to open on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Alaska Lt. Governor Sean Parnell met with Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, right, and her husband Todd Palin, left, before they boarded a plane in Anchorage on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, left, grabs some coffee after voting in Wasilla on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, right, and her husband Todd Palin board a plane to Arizona after voting in their hometown of Wasilla on Election Day, November 4, 2008.
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Loss or no, Sarah Palin still got a big cheer after her defeat when she made a personal call to a crowd of supporters attending an event at the Wasilla Multi-Use Sports Complex.Palin said she was calling from a room full of supporters in Arizona. They could be heard through the phone as she left to find a quieter room.

"Wasilla, are you there?" she asked.

The crowd erupted in cheers. People flocked around the stage, where a cell phone was set up next to a microphone.

"There are just no words for my appreciation for all the hard work you did," Palin told her supporters. "Obviously it was not our time, it was not our moment."

Palin thanked the millions across the nation who supported the campaign, then delivered some encouraging words.

"We're going to be just fine. It is a shining moment tonight in history. We do congratulate Barack Obama. It's a great night in history. But I'll tell ya, Wasilla - and everybody there in Alaska - I am just proud to be able to represent Wasilla."

Palin said thanks to the presidential race, Wasilla has had valuable time in the national spotlight.

"People are looking at the Valley now more than ever. It represents what America is all about - hard-working families who take care of one another."

Palin left the crowd on a hopeful note.

"I am neither bitter nor vanquished, but very confident in the knowledge that there will be another day," she said. "We can do that even from the homefront up in Alaska. I can't wait to join you there in Alaska. God bless you, thank you very much, and I love you more than you'll ever know, Mat-Su Valley."


RINDI WHITE
Anchorage Daily News