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10 OTHER Winners and Losers from Election Night 2012

There were some very clear winners and losers on election night. Barack Obama won the election and will be our president for the next four years, while Mitt Romney admitted defeat and gave a grateful and gracious concession speech.

Democrats celebrated with hoots and hollers and Republicans hung their heads low, with both parties feeling strong emotions of triumph and failure. But it wasn’t just the candidates and their political parties that won and lost. Check out these ten other big winners and losers on election night right here:

  • Winner: Brian Williams 1 of 10
    Winner: Brian Williams
    There were many choices for your election night viewing pleasure, from the liberal leaning views of Rachel Maddow and the MSNBC crew, to the nervous pundits over at Fox News. But one of the big winners last night was NBC News anchor Brian Williams —especially with the ladies, many of whom declared their love for him via Twitter and Facebook. He sparked much attention after lashing out about Donald Trump's tweets. Williams said Trump has, "driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible." See the next slide for what Trump said.


    Photo Source: PR Photos

  • Loser: Donald Trump 2 of 10
    Loser: Donald Trump
    Donald Trump showed that even though you have tons of money, you can't buy class. Trump was incredibly bitter about the election results and took his vitriol to Twitter. He started off calmly saying, "Well, back to the drawing board!" And before the results were in, he wisely said, "Whoever wins today, remember that tomorrow we still have a country struggling. Our work is not done until America is strong again." But then things took an ugly turn. After Obama's win was announced, Trump went on a Twitter tirade saying: "We can't let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided! Lets fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us. This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy! Our country is now in serious and unprecedented trouble...like never before." Trump is known for his bold opinions and being outspoken, but to call for a "march on Washington and stop this travesty," that seems to be taking it way too far.

    Photo Source: PR Photos

  • Winner: Big Bird 3 of 10
    Winner: Big Bird
    One of the big winners on election night was the one and only Big Bird. The beloved Sesame Street character has become a cause célèbre on Twitter, Facebook and beyond, after Mitt Romney vowed to cut funding for PBS. And now Big Bird and all his friends are safe, at least for the next four years!
    Source: Via A Boston.com
  • Loser: Diane Sawyer 4 of 10
    Loser: Diane Sawyer
    One of the big Twitter topics last night was ABC anchor Diane Sawyer. After seeing what people wrote about wanting a glass of whatever she was drinking and how she presented herself on-air, I clicked over to ABC and she did seem pretty "off." Perhaps she had a little cocktail before the coverage, she mixed meds or she was just exhausted. The AP wrote that many Twitter users claimed she was, "a bit tipsy," ''hammered" or "on pain killers, muscle relaxers, benzos or some combination." But whatever the reason for her slurring and odd facial expressions, her performance was stunningly strange. "Bad night for Romney," the AP quoted one tweeter. "Worse night for Diane Sawyer?" And They Might Be Giants added "And Diane Sawyer declares tonight's winner is... chardonnay!"
    Photo Source: Twitter
  • Winner: Nate Silver 5 of 10
    Winner: Nate Silver
    "You know who won the election tonight? Nate Silver," Rachel Maddow said on MSNBC. Nate Silver is a statistician who has had great success in predicting elections and pens the FiveThirtyRight blog for the New York Times. CNN stated: "Across the media and twittersphere Tuesday night, Nate Silver was a clear winner in the 2012 presidential election." Some gave a call out to his stats saying, "What does this victory mean?" Mashable's Chris Taylor wrote: "That mathematical models can no longer be derided by "gut-feeling" pundits. That Silver's contention -- TV pundits are generally no more accurate than a coin toss -- must now be given wider credence." And Nate Silver won in other ways, too. His book, The Signal and the Noise, jumped to No. 2 on Amazon's bestseller list as results rolled in.
    Photo Source: Colbert Show via All Things D
  • Loser: The Guy with the Romney Tattoo on His Face 6 of 10
    Loser: The Guy with the Romney Tattoo on His Face
    I recently put together a collection of presidential tattoos featured on those who had so much faith in a politician that they would permanently etch in ink the person's likeness on their bodies. One of those featured was Eric Hartsburg, who got Mitt Romney's campaign logo tattooed on his face. After Obama's win I tweeted, "Bet the guy who got the Romney tattoo on his face feels pretty stupid right about now." Somehow Eric Hartsburg saw the tweet and actually responded saying, "u bet I'd b sad bout the tat but you'd be wrong. Upset the country voted for faiure but #noregrets #loyalty. Did all I could." His candidate may not have won but at least he is comfortable with his choice.
    Photo Source: Facebook via ABC News
  • Winner: Celebrities 7 of 10
    Winner: Celebrities
    Some of the most vocal supporters of President Barack Obama have been celebrities, from Bruce Springsteen hitting campaign stops alongside the President to stars who are so big they only have to go by one name (think Beyoncé, Pink, and Madonna). Which celebrities were excited about the election and who voted for Barack? You can check out some of his supporters here and here.
  • Loser: Ann Romney’s Interior Decorator 8 of 10
    Loser: Ann Romney's Interior Decorator
    Ann Romney once had a passion for decorating. However, she opted to forgo a career to focus on being a wife and mother. She reportedly had an interior design business with a friend and Mrs. Romney apparently was gifted with a "phenomenal ability in decorating." One could imagine that some point she started thinking about what she would do to make the White House her own, a job that would have gone to a lucky interior designer to assist her in her vision, but, alas, they'll never have the chance to pick out new linens for the Lincoln bedroom.
    Photo Source: Via A Controlled Substance
  • Winner: Elizabeth Warren 9 of 10
    Winner: Elizabeth Warren
    One of the big senate wins was the triumph of Elizabeth Warren, the consumer advocate that fights tirelessly for the little guy. In her speech Warren thanked her supporters, saying, "You did what everyone thought was impossible. You taught a scrappy first-time candidate how to get in the ring and win," she said. "You took on the powerful Wall Street banks and special interests and you let them know you want a senator who'll be out there fighting for the middle class all of the time."

    Photo Source: Wikipedia

  • Winner: This Photo 10 of 10
    Winner: This Photo
    After the networks declared Barack Obama the winner of the election around 11:15 EST, Obama's social media team tweeted out a simple photo of Barack hugging Michelle with the statement, "Four more years." And then the photo went viral, really viral. It has become the most retweeted photo ever on Twitter. Right now it has been retweeted 681,122 times. It also broke another record: it is the most liked photo of Facebook ever; right now it has 3,387,934 likes.
    Photo Source: Twitter
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