A Letter From The Publisher, Nov. 16, 1960

WITHIN hours after the pattern of the election returns began to take shape, this special issue—the first extra in TIME'S history—went to press. It is the product of weeks of long-range planning and hours of intensive work.

There was no lack of words to choose from. While the editors had available all the reports of major press services and the din of TV and radio, the heart of the reporting came from 124 TIME correspondents who spent the night at key posts in all 50 states—and with each of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates until the hour of decision. Their assignment from...

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