Sometimes, as in the case of John Kerry and Al Gore, the losers were considered frontrunners the next time around.
Indeed, the supreme leader warned the losers to accept the outcome and not try to tear the nation apart.
Since then, two party standard bearers, both of them losers, have worn facial hair.
mid-14c., "a destroyer," agent noun from lose (v.). Sense of "one who suffers loss" is from 1540s; meaning "horse that loses a race" is from 1902; "convicted criminal" is from 1912; "hapless person" is 1955 student slang.