While President Obama was re-elected on November 6 and Mitt Romney hurriedly composed his concession speech on the fly, a number of other winners and losers emerged from the 2012 election. Memes reigned, with Big Bird and binders full of women taking over the Twittersphere. But statisticians, pundits, Fox News and Bruce Springstein were also in the mix, as outlined in a roundup by Variety.
Among Variety's election winners are Statisticians like Nate Silver and his FiveThirtyEight blog which noted continuously more favorable odds for President Obama; Fox News, which was the go-to place for dejected Republicans (although Fox is also included in the Losers list); and Bruce Springsteen for providing inspiration "to a contest that had little." Losers include Pundits like Rush Limbaugh and Dick Morris who got it wrong (and too much punditry all around) and Donald Trump, the "least valuable celebrity surrogate."