, Salem, MA

January 5, 2013

And the record is....


---- — On Thursday night, the Salem City Council went 300 ballots without electing a new councilor to fill a vacancy on the 11-member board. The meeting began at 7 p.m. and ended at 2:25 a.m., a total of 7 hours and 25 minutes. They recessed until Tuesday night.

Here are some other lengthy deliberations:

Longest pro tennis match: Wimbledon 2010, Nicholas Mahut v. John Isner, 11 hours and 5 minutes (183 games).

Longest filibuster by a U.S. senator: 1957, Strom Thurmond, 24 hours and 18 minutes.

Longest U.S. election: 1974 New Hampshire U.S. senate race, Louis Wyman v. John Durkin, 315 days.

Longest papal election: 1271, Pope Gregory X, 2 years and 10 months.