Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan leaves Tampa as the biggest winner in the game of presidential speculation.

When it comes to 2016 and beyond, GOP sources say Ryan’s performance this week moves him ahead several spots in the pecking order.

Several rising Republican stars spoke throughout the three-day event, which was seen as a showcase for those with national ambitions.

Even President Obama’s senior campaign adviser David Axelrod noted the phenomenon.

It was “like open mic night for 2016 candidates and not a convention that’s aimed at promoting Mitt Romney in 2012,” he said Friday on MSNBC.