At the beginning of this year, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus announced his vision for a "sound debate process," cutting the number of GOP stage gatherings to nine. It was all an effort to make sure that the eventual nominee didn't get excessively bloodied in a dragged-out primary process, as many thought Mitt Romney had been in 2012.
But the GOP's best laid plans didn't exactly get off to a smooth start, as the candidate roster swelled to 17, including one particularly difficult fellow named Donald. Thursday night's doozy of an opening debate, hosted by Fox News, proved it might not be getting any easier for the RNC. That said, by the conclusion of the hour and a half affair, there was definite movement.
Here are the winners and losers—as well as the man who makes conventional losing, winning.