Who had a good election – and who didn't? Our winners and losers from the race

From Donald Trump to David Axelrod's moustache, Kevin Rawlinson picks those who will want to remember 2012, and those who won't

Winner: Tammy Baldwin

Four years after America elected its first black President, there was a milestone for another minority group as the state of Wisconsin voted the country's first openly gay politician in to the Senate. But Tammy Baldwin did not want her sexuality to become the only issue in what was the most expensive Senate election campaign in the state's history. After beating Republican rival Tommy Thompson, she said: "I didn't run to make history, I ran to make a difference, a difference in the lives of families struggling to find work and pay the bills."

Losers: Tod Akin and Richard Mourdock

Messrs Akin and Mourdock had a foolproof plan to get elected. In the case of Mr Akin, woo the electorate by stating confidently that women cannot get pregnant from something called "legitimate rape"; in that of Mr Mourdock, by insisting that pregnancies could indeed occur from rape and, moreover, were God's plan. Perhaps unsurprisingly, neither worked. Mr Akin failed in his bid to become the next Senator of Missouri, losing by a comfortable margin to the incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill. Despite his insistence that his popularity rose after his own rape comments, Mr Mourdock lost the Indiana race.

Winner: Michele Bachmann

The staunch opponent of same-sex marriage was one the few Tea Party supporters to have any major successes in the elections. The Tea Party caucus founder scored a narrow victory over her rival after losing out on the Republican Party's Presidential nomination in contrast to many of her colleagues in the ultra-conservative movement.

Loser: Linda McMahon

She has been involved in some fights in her time, and the wrestling magnate spent millions on her Senate bid. But it was to no avail as Ms McMahon lost out to Chris Murphy in Connecticut, despite the total bill for the campaign – her second – reportedly reaching more than $40m, much of it her own cash. Ms McMahon, traditionally a Republican, even resorted to producing T-shirts that read: "I support Obama and McMahon", in an apparent attempt to piggyback on the President's campaign.

Winner: David Axelrod's moustache

It may have been a stroke of electoral genius, helping to focus minds in key states. Then again, it may just have been a bit of a laugh when President Obama's advisor David Axelrod promised to shave off his moustache if his man lost in Minnesota, Pennsylvania or Michigan.

Either way, his facial hair will have breathed a sigh of relief when it was announced that it was not for the chop – and neither was its owner's boss.

Loser: Donald Trump

On hearing that his nemesis had been re-elected to office, the coiffeured one blew his top, demanding Americans rise up in revolution on his Twitter profile. Before the full results were in, he claimed that Mitt Romney lost the election, despite having won the most votes – a quirk of the US electoral college system. He didn't. Soon after, Trump tweeted: "More votes equals a loss… revolution!" As yet, there have been no reports of guillotines outside the White House.

Arts and Entertainment
Sydney and Melbourne are locked in a row over giant milk crates
art
News
Kenny Ireland, pictured in 2010.
peopleActor, from House of Cards and Benidorm, was 68
News
A scene from the video shows students mock rioting
newsEnd-of-year leaver's YouTube film features staging of a playground gun massacre
Travel
travel
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
Voices
A family sit and enjoy a quiet train journey
voicesForcing us to overhear dull phone conversations is an offensive act, says Simon Kelner
News
i100This Instagram photo does not prove Russian army is in Ukraine
News
Morrissey pictured in 2013
people
Sport
sportVan Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Environment
View from the Llanberis Track to the mountain lake Llyn
Du’r Arddu
environmentA large chunk of Mount Snowdon, in north Wales, is up for sale
Life and Style
Martha Stewart wrote an opinion column for Time magazine this week titled “Why I Love My Drone”
lifeLifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot... to take photos of her farm
News
i100
Life and Style
The director of Wall-E Andrew Stanton with Angus MacLane's Lego model
gadgetsDesign made in Pixar animator’s spare time could get retail release
News
peopleGuitarist, who played with Aerosmith, Lou Reed and Alice Cooper among others, was 71
Environment
Tyred out: should fair weather cyclists have a separate slow lane?
environmentFormer Labour minister demands 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists
News
people
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

VB.Net Developer - £40k - Surrey - WANTED ASAP

£35000 - £40000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: .Mid Level V...

Digitakl Business Analyst, Slough

£40000 - £45000 per annum + Competitive Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: Dig...

Mechanical Estimator: Nuclear Energy - Sellafield

£40000 - £50000 per annum + Car, Medical, Fuel + More!: Progressive Recruitmen...

Dynamics NAV Techno-Functional Consultant

£50000 - £60000 per annum + benefits: Progressive Recruitment: An absolutely o...

Day In a Page

Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices