His candidate may have lost, but Brian Nick has won.
The former aide to ex-U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole today was named a "Rising Star" by Politics magazine.
The award goes to people 35 or under "who have already made a significant mark in political consulting or advocacy," the magazine said. It chose 10 Democrats, 10 Republicans and seven nonpartisan activists out of hundreds of nominees.
Nick, a 33-year-old Republican, served as Dole's chief of staff.
He joins a list of past winners that includes David Axelrod, Paul Begala, Donna Brazile, James Carville, Ed Gillespie, Karen Hughes and George Stephanopoulos.