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Leaders Stake Out D.C. Spots to View Returns

At the end of a long, trying election cycle, many Congressional leaders will gather today among the faithful in Washington, D.C., to watch the election returns, even as many key races might not be decided even in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

Congressional Democratic leaders will be at an event in D.C. watching election results, while several Republican leaders appear to be keeping a lower profile.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are set to be at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel at an event being held jointly by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Along with Reid and Pelosi, DSCC Chairwoman Patty Murray (Wash.) and DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) will also attend, according to an announcement of the event.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is also expected be in town, but he is still firming up his election night plans, according to his office.

One possible stop for McConnell is a private event hosted by the National Senatorial Campaign Committee. NRSC Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) is expected to watch returns from the event, according to aides.

Another possible stop for McConnell could be an event hosted by the Republican National Committee at the Ronald Reagan Building on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest.

The event is “to celebrate the next President and Vice President of the United States, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and the victory of Republicans up and down the ballot,” according to the event’s announcement.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is planning on being in Washington, but he is not as yet expected to attend the RNC event or do any media, an aide said.

In 2010, Boehner gave a tearful speech on election night upon winning back the majority in the House.

Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas), the National Republican Congressional Committee chairman, is expected to attend the RNC event.

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