Barack Obama will be the 44th president of the United States. John McCain will not, likely capping a long and well-decorated political career with a loss.
Democrats will expand their majorities in the House and the Senate. Republicans will be relegated to minority status in both chambers, forced to re-calculate what their party stands for and how they can draw a blueprint to return them to the majority in subsequent elections.
Those winners (and losers) are obvious. But who are some of the not-so-obvious victors and vanquished last night? The Fix’s initial take is below. Feel free to offer your own thoughts in the comments sections below.