Once the Florida and Colorado results came in, Romney began to accept the loss. His personal assistant Garrett Jackson then made the obligatory call to President Barack Obama’s aide Marvin Nicholson.
"Is your boss available?," Jackson asked Nicholson.
Romney’s running-mate Paul Ryan also had a hard time accepting the defeat. Their wives, Ann Romney and Janna Ryan broke into tears.
"There's nothing worse than when you think you're going to win, and you don't," a campaign insider said. "It was like a sucker punch."
After accepting his fate, Romney appeared on stage to deliver his unprepared concession speech.