The Real Winners and Losers of the 2010 Election

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The midterm election is finally over, but before we can immediately move on to the 2012 presidential campaign, which starts in approximately 45 minutes, let’s take a moment to look back at how this election season buoyed or crushed the political fortunes of various people, groups, movements, and ideas. How poorly did wealthy self-funding candidates do? What did we learn about the influence of the tea party? How does America feel about witches, marijuana, and bartering? The answers to these question and more lie ahead.