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Winners and losers of the election season

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GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin came out as both a winner and a loser in amNY's list. (AP)

By Emily Ngo

The grueling 21-month presidential campaign claimed many victors and victims. Here are amNewYork’s post-election picks:

Winners

Joe Biden

The vice presidential run recharged his career. The everyday senator became a hero to everyday blue-collar Democrats.

Latinos

Candidates eagerly courted the votes of America’s fastest-growing population.

“Saturday Night Live”

Tina Fey as Sarah Palin reinvigorated the show. Its politics-themed clips made Web rounds well after showtime.

The 18- 24-year-old voting bloc

They were least likely to show at the polls, but they came out in record numbers and earned a voice.

Sarah Palin

She was a first-time governor with no national recognition, but her brand is well established and everyone is watching her next steps.

Losers

Rudy Giuliani

The former New York City mayor went from presidential hopeful and 9/11 champion to an anger-fueled attack dog and cable TV pundit.

Keith Olbermann

His commentary was more unapologetically biased than even Fox News.The GOP

Republicans have lost the presidency, several key governorships and even more Congressional seats, leaving the party in the middle of an identity crisis.

Pollsters

Their methodologies and results were all over the board; we didn’t know which one to trust.

Sarah Palin

A winner and a loser. Her short time in the spotlight showcased her inexperience and ineptitude. 2012 may be too soon for a re-emergence.

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