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The Against the Grain Awards

By Josh Kraushaar, National Journal - December 15, 2010

It’s been a wild political year, and what better way to cap off 2010 than with the first annual “Against the Grain” awards?

Forget traditional categories like best campaign and worst candidate. I’ve assembled some, well, unconventional awards to the superlative and not so superlative.

Most Surprisingly Effective Campaign: Sen.-elect Ron Johnson, R-Wis., for coming out of nowhere with little establishment support and scoring one of the most impressive upsets against Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis. When Johnson entered the race, leading GOP strategists barely knew who he was.

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