The Democratic surge to lopsided control of the 86th Congress began with the night's first returns. The sun had barely set in the Pacific when Democrats got the news of a stunning party sweep in Connecticut. Then came word that Vermont had sent its first Democrat to Congress in 106 years. The Democratic bandwagon came to a screeching halt in New York, where Republican Nelson Rockefeller, after a remarkable personal campaign, carried the G.O.P. ticket to a vital win. But the Democrats regained their momentum moving westward, and climaxed their victory with the overwhelming defeat of Republican William Knowland for...
What the 1958 Elections Mean
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