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TODAY   |  November 07, 2012

‘Disappointed’ Romney gracious in defeat

Despite a gracious concession speech, a source close to Mitt Romney’s campaign told NBC News that “this one stings” for the Republican presidential candidate. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports from the former governor’s campaign headquarters in Boston, Mass.

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>> at the romney headquarters in boston. obvious disappointment there this morning. peter, good morning to you.

>> reporter: matt, good morning to you. late last night a source close to the romney campaign summed up their feelings in just three words. he said this one stings. the concession speech, as we witnessed last night, was short, but it was gracious. governor romney wishing the obama family well, also praying for the president, but you couldn't help but hear the disappointment in his voice at the end of what was a six-year quest for the white house . he was joined on stage by his deflated family, his wife ann was there, their five sons and a lot of the grandkids as well. in addition, his running mate paul ryan and his wife janna. really little to celebrate last night. before 10:00 the aides cut the audio to the news broadcasts on the giant scene at the site. stunned silence and the band began to play and a little bit earlier when they were watching the returns at the hotel across the street the governor's body man tweeted out this picture. governor and ann having a great time with grandkids, but the idea of a great time was pretty generous use of the words last night. the governor felt very deeply, he really believed that he was going to win this, telling reporters, savannah, that he could feel it yesterday when he was in pennsylvania. this was a stop that was scheduled at the last minute and still more 1,000 people were there to greet him, just a couple days ago, an aide was asked what the governor's last meal would be, basically what he would be eating before he came out to give his speech. the aide said that he will live beyond tuesday. nonetheless, this was a deflating and a stinging night for the campaign. i guess if there's any upside, the good news this morning is there is a new beginning. today officially marks the start of the 2016 campaign, so if it's all the same to you, we're going to do some landry, take a nap and we'll head back out on the trail.

>> all you guys, 2016 , enough already. peter, thanks. our political