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front-run·ner

also front·run·ner (frŭnt′rŭn′ər)
n.
1. One that is in a leading position in a race or other competition: the front-runner for the presidential nomination.
2. A competitor who performs best when in the lead.

front′-run′ning adj.
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frontrunner

(ˈfrʌntˌrʌnə)
n
informal the leader or a favoured contestant in a race, election, etc
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