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running mate

n.
1. Either of a pair of candidates running together for two closely associated political offices, especially the candidate for the lesser of the two offices.
2. A companion.
3. A horse used to set the pace in a race for another horse.
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running mate

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) US a candidate for the subordinate of two linked positions, esp a candidate for the vice-presidency
2. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) a horse that pairs another in a team
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run′ning mate`


n.
1. a candidate for an office linked with another more important office, as for the vice-presidency.
2. a horse entered in a race with another horse from the same stable.
[1865–70]
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Noun1.running mate - a nominee for the lesser of two closely related political offices
campaigner, candidate, nominee - a politician who is running for public office
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Translations

running mate

n (Am) (Pol) → candidato/a alla vicepresidenza
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References in classic literature ?
As with the running mate on the left, she repelled these attentions with her teeth; but when both bestowed their attentions at the same time she was roughly jostled, being compelled, with quick snaps to either side, to drive both lovers away and at the same time to maintain her forward leap with the pack and see the way of her feet before her.
Following the election of Mr John Mahama as the flagbearer, names of key personalities in the party popped up as potential running mates. Later, it came out that people had begun lobbying for that enviable slot, which can accommodate just one person.
The list showcasing the names of the governorship candidates and the running mates of all 48 political parties was pasted on the notice board of the commission, located almost opposite the Osun State House of Assembly Complex, Osogbo, the state capital.
Dr Afif is in a three-corner contest against Akmal Nasir and Najwan Halimi, while Dr Afif's running mate Muhammad Hilman Idham will also be up against the latter's running mates Raymond Ahuar and Naqiuddin Nazrin for the PKR deputy youth chief post.
The running mates will no doubt be prodded about their respective nominees' recent controversies, including Hillary Clinton's choice of surrogate in beauty queen Alicia Machado and Donald Trump's leaked tax documents.
Possible running mates of Radev include Ivaylo Kalfin, deputy head of left-wing ABV party with which BSP is trying to produce a joint nomination.
Since 2000, when Gallup began measuring voters' immediate reaction to vice presidential choices, only Ryan and Pence have elicited more negative than positive reactions upon being named as running mates.
Normally running mates have little effect on the presidential race.
Traditionally, the winners of the Republican and Democratic presidential races announce their running mates in the period between clinching the nomination and the summer national conventions.
We seem to swing wildly back and forth between two extremes when talking about the vice presidency: We become briefly fascinated with the running mates when they're named and act as though they might transform the race; then we quickly go back to treating the office as though it's all but meaningless.
There are better running mates for him, Sison said in an online interview with the Inquirer.
"Talks are ongoing with all the prospective running mates, not just with one," added Ilagan, a former journalist and three-term mayor of Cainta.