With votes piling up from 50 states on election day, both the Republican and Democrat headquarters in Washington, D.
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Background: With votes piling up from 50 states on election day, both the Republican and Democrat headquarters in Washington, D.C. were jammed with party workers and well-wishers.
The Republican Party HQ was located at the Sheraton Park Hotel. Although Vice-President Nixon himself was away in California, both President Eisenhower and the new Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Henry Cabot Lodge dropped in to address the Republicans.
At the Mayflower Hotel, on the capital's outskirts, Democrats were assembled. With the early trend running strongly in favour of their Presidential candidate, Senator John F. Kennedy, they became increasingly jubilant as the evening progressed. Democratic Party Chairman, Senator Jackson, gave a brief speech pointing out their rising prospects as state after state fell into the Kennedy-Johnson fold.