Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Regardless of the election results, here are some of the real winners and losers of the 2016 campaign

Regardless of the election results, here are some of the real winners and losers of the 2016 campaign

Even before the election results were tallied, some clear winners and losers emerged from the 2016 presidential campaign.

Not many survived this tumultuous and dispiriting race with their reputations intact. Republicans performed pretzel-like contortions to accommodate Donald Trump, and Democratic leadership was bruised by a series of controversies that raised questions about the fairness of their primary process.

Meanwhile, Americans continued to lose faith in their most important institutions. So it shouldn’t be surprising that this list is heavier on the losers than the winners. As one candidate might say: Sad!

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