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US Elections 2020 Vocabulary

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Front Runner

Episode 6 / 09 Oct 2020

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F - Front Runner

Definition: 

The presidential candidate who is ahead in the polls. They are the favourite to win to the election

More:

The front-runner does not always win. For example, the polls in 2016 put Hilary Clinton as the front-runner. On election day, however, she lost to Donald Trump.

Examples:

‘Since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, President Trump has largely winnowed a list of dozens of potential replacements down to three front-runners: Appeals court judges Amy Coney Barrett, Barbara Lagoa and Amul Thapar.’

The Boston Herald, 2020

‘William Mayer, a political scientist at Northeastern University, found that in contested primary races since 1980, front-runners polling at 34 percent or higher in September the year before the election went on to win the nomination six of eight times—but not one of the five front-runners who fell short of that threshold ultimately prevailed.’

The Atlantic, 2015

‘They’re forcing their leaders, the front-runners, into positions that will mean they lose the general election.’

Rolling Stone, 2011

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