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a politician who is running for public office
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a political candidate who is not well known but could win unexpectedly
a United States politician favored mainly in his or her home state
a nominee for the lesser of two closely related political offices
a candidate with no chance of winning but who may draw enough votes to prevent one of the leading candidates from winning
a candidate put forward to divide the Opposition or to mask the true candidate
a candidate for public office whose name does not appear on the ballot and so must be written on the ballot by the voters
a person active in party politics
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