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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, left, wave to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ryan wins re-election

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan earned a concession prize on Nov. 7 after he lost the national race as presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running-mate, but reclaimed his congressional seat in Wisconsin after defeating Rob Zerban (D).