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For most candidates who spent midterm season stumping, Tuesday marked the end of the campaign. For the select few whose sights are set on a 2016 White House run, Tuesday was just the beginning. But it was an important beginning, as many of the candidates put their names on the line to support their party's candidates, hoping to show voters and donors that they have the juice to move the needle nationwide.

It's not all upside, though. A candidate who backs too many losers risks the perception that he or she is feckless or, worse, more hindrance than help. And would-be 2016 rivals were eying their opponents to see who might fall short.

(Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky went particularly hard at Hillary Clinton, telling Breitbart that the failure of her preferred candidates meant she was "yesterday's news." And his staff attempted to spark the Twitter hashtag #HILLARYSLOSERS with a series of photos of Clinton campaigning alongside Democrats who eventually went down in defeat.)

So, if the midterms were a shadow-boxing session for a 2016 bout, who won and who lost? Here's your scorecard for Clinton, Paul, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

HILLARY CLINTON

Wins: Gary Peters (Michigan Senate); Al Franken (Minnesota Senate); Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire Senate); Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire governor); Ann Kuster (New Hampshire's 2nd District); Bonnie Watson Coleman (New Jersey's 12th District); Kathleen Rice (New York's 4th District); Nita Lowey (New York's 17th District); Mark Dayton (Minnesota governor); Andrew Cuomo (New York governor); Tom Wolf (Pennsylvania governor); Gina Raimondo (Rhode Island governor)

Losses: Mark Pryor (Arkansas Senate); Mark Udall (Colorado Senate); Michelle Nunn (Georgia Senate); Bruce Braley (Iowa Senate); Alison Lundergan Grimes (Kentucky Senate); Kay Hagan (North Carolina Senate); Joe Garcia (Florida's 26th District); Carol Shea-Porter (New Hampshire's 1st District)Aimee Belgard (New Jersey's 3rd District); Tim Bishop (New York's 1st District); Domenic Recchia (New York's 11th District); Sean Eldridge (New York's 19th District); Aaron Woolf (New York's 21st District); Martha Robertson (New York's 23rd District); Dan Maffei (New York's 24th District); Fred DuVal (Arizona governor); Charlie Crist (Florida governor); Pat Quinn (Illinois governor); Anthony Brown (Maryland governor); Martha Coakley (Massachusetts governor); Mark Schauer (Michigan governor); Mike Michaud (Maine governor); Wendy Davis (Texas governor)

Heading for runoff: Mary Landrieu (Louisiana Senate)

Yet to be called: Sean Patrick Maloney (New York's 18th District)

MARTIN O'MALLEY

Wins: Chris Coons (Delaware Senate); Dick Durbin (Illinois Senate); Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire Senate); Patrick Murphy (Florida's 18th District); Tammy Duckworth (Illinois's 8th District); Dave Loebsack (Iowa's 2nd District) Ann Kuster (New Hampshire's 2nd District) Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire governor); Gina Raimondo (Rhode Island governor)

Losses: Mark Pryor (Arkansas Senate); Mark Udall (Colorado Senate); Bruce Braley (Iowa Senate); Alison Lundergan Grimes (Kentucky Senate); Travis Childers (Mississippi Senate); Kay Hagan (North Carolina Senate); Amanda Renteria (California's 21st District); Andrew Romanoff (Colorado's 6th District); Pat Murphy (Iowa's 1st District); Jim Mowrer (Iowa's 4th District); Bill Tilghman (Maryland's 1st District); Steven Horsford (Nevada's 4th District); Carol Shea-Porter (New Hampshire's 1st District); Tim Bishop (New York's 1st District); Pete Gallego (Texas's 23rd District); Mike Ross (Arkansas governor); Charlie Crist (Florida governor); Jason Carter (Georgia governor); Pat Quinn (Illinois governor); Jack Hatch (Iowa governor); Anthony Brown (Maryland governor); Martha Coakley (Massachusetts governor); Mark Schauer (Michigan governor); Vincent Sheheen (South Carolina governor); Mary Burke (Wisconsin governor)

Heading for runoff: Mary Landrieu (Louisiana Senate)

Yet to be called: Mark Begich (Alaska Senate); Ann Kirkpatrick (Arizona's 1st District); Emily Cain (Maine's 2nd District); John Hickenlooper (Colorado governor)

MARCO RUBIO

Wins: Tom Cotton (Arkansas Senate); Cory Gardner (Colorado Senate); Joni Ernst (Iowa Senate); Tim Scott (South Carolina Senate); Carlos Curbelo (Florida's 26th District); Aaron Schock (Illinois 18th District); Rod Blum (Iowa's 1st District); Jeff Duncan (South Carolina's 3rd District); Barbara Comstock (Virginia's 10th District) Rick Scott (Florida governor); Susana Martinez (New Mexico governor)

Losses: Scott Brown (New Hampshire Senate); Steve Southerland (Florida's 2nd District); Marilinda Garcia (New Hampshire's 2nd District); Walt Havenstein (New Hampshire governor)

RAND PAUL

Wins: David Perdue (Georgia Senate); Joni Ernst (Iowa Senate); Pat Roberts (Kansas Senate); Mitch McConnell (Kentucky Senate); Ben Sasse (Nebraska Senate); Thom Tillis (North Carolina Senate); Frank Guinta (New Hampshire's 1st District); Thomas Massie (Kentucky's 4th District); Rod Blum (Iowa's 1st District); Steve King (Iowa's 4th District); Justin Amash (Michigan's 3rd District); Walter Jones (North Carolina's 3rd District); Mick Mulvaney (South Carolina's 5th District); Dave Brat (Virginia's 7th District); Sam Brownback (Kansas governor)

Losses: Terri Lynn Land (Michigan Senate); Scott Brown (New Hampshire Senate); Mariannette Miller-Meeks (Iowa's 2nd District)

Yet to be called: Dan Sullivan (Alaska Senate)

TED CRUZ

Wins: Tom Cotton (Arkansas Senate); David Perdue (Georgia Senate); James Risch (Idaho Senate); Joni Ernst (Iowa Senate); Pat Roberts (Kansas Senate); Steve Daines (Montana Senate); Ben Sasse (Nebraska Senate); Jim Inhofe (Oklahoma Senate); Tim Scott (South Carolina Senate); John Cornyn (Texas Senate); Rod Blum (Iowa's 1st District); Steve King (Iowa's 4th District); Thomas Massie (Kentucky's 4th District); Justin Amash (Michigan's 3rd District); Steve Lonegan (New Jersey's 3rd District); Will Hurd (Texas's 23rd District)

Losses: Mike McFadden (Minnesota Senate); Zach Dasher (Louisiana's 5th District); Marilinda Garcia (New Hampshire's 2nd District);

Yet to be called: Dan Sullivan (Alaska Senate); Ed Gillespie (Virginia Senate)

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