What is candidate?

  • (noun): A politician who is running for public office.
    Synonyms: campaigner, nominee
    See also — Additional definitions below


A candidate, or nominee, is the prospective recipient of an award or honor, or a person seeking or being considered for some kind of position; for example:

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Disapproval Voting - Disapproval Expression in Other Voting Systems
... Russia and several other countries of the region allow voters to vote "against all" candidates ... voting on an informal level, where voters found a way to approve of the candidate, while disapproving of party and platform - and of his key opponent, George W ... It is also often said that votes for a "protest candidate" or a "compromise candidate" can be viewed as disapproval votes, since the undesirable characteristics of the incumbent or alternative, respectively, can be ...
Favorite Son
... party conventions, a state delegation sometimes nominates and votes for a candidate from the state, or less often from the state's region, who is not a viable candidate ... The technique allows state leaders to negotiate with leading candidates in exchange for the delegation's support ... Since nationwide campaigns by candidates and binding primary elections have replaced brokered conventions, the technique has fallen out of use ...
Pedro Rosselló - Political Career - Senator (2005–2008) - 2008 NPP Governor's Candidacy Primary
2007 a large group of delegates unanimously acclaimed him as the party's candidate for Governor ... were completely tallied proclaiming Fortuño as the next gubernatorial candidate of the party ... he confirmed he would be retiring from active politics and would not be campaigning for any candidate, committing to complete his term as senator, which he did ...
Unpledged Elector
... but who has not pledged to support any particular presidential or vice presidential candidate, and is free to vote for any candidate when elected a member of the Electoral College ... have since the 19th century almost always agreed in advance to vote for a particular candidate — that is, they are said to have been pledged to that candidate ... however, several elections were contested by unpledged electors, who made no pledge to any candidate before the election ...
National Advancement Party
... In the 1990 and 1995 elections its presidential candidate was Álvaro Arzú who won in 1995, becoming Guatemala's 32nd president (1996–2000) ... Óscar Berger ran as the party's presidential candidate in the 1999 Guatemalan General Election becoming the runner-up in 1999 ... in late 2002, he was going to run as the party's presidential candidate in the 2003 Guatemalan General Election ...

More definitions of "candidate":

  • (noun): Someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.).
    Synonyms: prospect

Famous quotes containing the word candidate:

    The candidate tells us we are the “backbone of the State,” and we know that it is true, not because we are possessed of certain endowed virtues, but because we are a majority and have the vote.
    —Federal Writers’ Project Of The Wor, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)

    We have fought too much rhetoric and red tape to be lulled and comforted by a paid political advertisement showing a candidate tossing his grandchild in the air while a disembodied voice espouses “family values” in the background.
    Bernice Weissbourd (20th century)

    The Republicans have a “me too” candidate running on a “yes but” platform, advised by a “has been” staff.
    Adlai Stevenson (1900–1965)