Candidate

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:

  • to be elected to an office — in this case a candidate selection procedure occurs.
  • to receive membership in a group

"Nomination" is part of the process of selecting a candidate for either election to an office by a political party, or the bestowing of an honor or award. This person is called a "nominee," though nominee often is used interchangeably with "candidate." "Presumptive nominee" is a term used when a person or organization believes that the nomination is inevitable. The act of being a candidate in a race for either a party nomination or for electoral office is called a "candidacy."

"Candidate" is a derivative of the Latin "candida" (white). In Ancient Rome, people running for political office would usually wear togas chalked and bleached to be bright white at speeches, debates, conventions, and other public functions.

Read more about Candidate:  Candidates in Elections, Presumptive Nominee, Age of Candidacy

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Favorite Son
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Unpledged Elector
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Pedro Rosselló - Political Career - Senator (2005–2008) - 2008 NPP Governor's Candidacy Primary
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