What began as a night of anticipated celebration, quickly turned into anything but.
"It's not good," said Tammy Beebe, a supporter of Mayor Tom Richards. "I'm just at a loss for words."
As the numbers came in from the Board of Elections, supporters of Richards' re-election bid who gathered at the Strathallan Hotel could already see the writing on the wall.
"I thought it was going to be the other way. Just... flabbergasted."
When it was over, a room full of humbled supporters and Richards administration employees cheered. Cheered, knowing their candidate, their boss, had lost the Democratic primary.
"I don't know of a person more committed, more compassionate, who works harder for the people of the city of Rochester," said Monroe County Democratic Committee chair Joe Morelle.
Morelle congratulated primary winner Lovely Warren before giving way to Richards.
"I don't feel like we left a lot unturned here. We're disappointed in the turnout and that hurt us, we focused on that, tried very hard to get it to be different than it was and it didn't happen, so we bear the consequences," Richards said.
Richards and supporters feel polls prior to the primary didn't help. They falsely predicted a landslide victory for the incumbent.
"Voters need to remember that every vote counts, and this is a prime example of if you didn't vote, don't complain when your candidate doesn't get elected," Beebe said.
Richards, who is on the November ballot on the Independence, and Working Families party lines, says he'll consider his options.
"What I'll do about that, I'll take a couple days to think about that. It's not something I contemplated and not a decision I'll make hastily, so I'll think about that for a couple days," Richards said.
Before leaving, Richards thanked his supporters, and told them not to give up on the momentum his administration has built.
"Whether you like this outcome or don't like this outcome, whatever happens from here on in, you don't want to give up on that. You don't want to give up on that. It is a place with a bright future. It is a place where great things can happen."