Who are the Buckeye State's winners and losers following the Nov. 8 election?

Who are the Buckeye State's winners and losers following the Nov. 8 election?

Donald Trump's stunning victory is transforming Ohio politics: New players are emerging. Familiar power brokers are fading. Iconoclasts have been vindicated. And political has-beens (and a least one D-list celebrity) are rising from the dead. With our new billionaire-in-chief set to take office on Jan. 20, we look at Ohio's winners and losers in the aftermath of the Nov. 8 election.

Winners 

Ken Blackwell: The Ohio gubernatorial washout is back in the spotlight, leading Trump's domestic transition team.

Nina Turner: The prominent Bernie Sanders supporter was on the money with her Hillary Clinton skepticism. 

J.D. Vance: The Ohio native's book, "Hillbilly Elegy," is fast becoming the Rosetta Stone of the Trump revolution. 

The Hillsboro Times-Gazette: The southwest Ohio daily was one of just six newspapers in the country to endorse Trump.

Bob Paduchik: The Columbus operative took the job no other Republican wanted: leading Trump's Ohio campaign. Who's laughing now?

Don King: Trump's most famous Ohio buddy spent Thanksgiving with the U.S. president-elect. To quote King's favorite phrase: "Only in America."

Losers

John Kasich: Kasich announced plans to do a big GOP reconciliation speech if Trump lost. Oops.

Matt Borges, David Pepper: You know it's a weird election when both Ohio party chiefs end up licking their wounds.

James Traficant: If the Trump clone were alive today, he probably would end up with a pardon and a cabinet appointment.

Andy Ginther: Will the Columbus mayor pick a fight with Trump over immigration and risk losing federal funding?

Mike DeWine, Mary Taylor, Jon Husted: An unpredictable Trump presidency could weaken the chances of the three Republican front-runners to replace Kasich in 2018.

Toss-up

Richard Cordray: Trump might run Cordray out of Washington, but a favorable mid-term election (when the party in power tends to do badly even during ordinary political times) could deliver another prize to the Grove City Democrat-the Ohio governor's office.