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Republican vice-presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., center left, and his mother Betty Ryan Douglas wave to supporters at a campaign rally in The Villages, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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).