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Here are some of the details, according to the Associated Press:

Thurmond took a steam bath earlier in the day to rid his body of excess liquid. This avoided the potential for any "accidents" in the chamber.
He went to the floor armed with cough drops and malted milk tablets.
He allowed others to make short remarks and ask questions during his time, allowing him to sneak off to the cloakroom to gobble a sandwich.
He had his aide wait in the cloakroom with a pail when he was about to step down from the dais in case of an emergency evacuation.

Thurmond's oratorical marathon didn't change a single vote.

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