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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Pedro Rosselló - Political Career - Senator (2005–2008) - 2008 NPP Governor's Candidacy Primary
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National Advancement Party
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Disapproval Voting - Disapproval Expression in Other Voting Systems
... Russia and several other countries of the region allow voters to vote "against all" candidates. 2000, some commentators suggested that the ability to approve of a candidate, but disapprove of his or her party affiliation or elements of his or her platform, might be quite important, and that ... voting on an informal level, where voters found a way to approve of the candidate, while disapproving of party and platform - and of his key opponent, George W ...
Unpledged Elector
... as an elector but who has not pledged to support any particular presidential or vice presidential candidate, and is free to vote for any candidate when elected a member of the Electoral ... in practice have since the 19th century almost always agreed in advance to vote for a particular candidate — that is, they are said to have been pledged to that candidate ... were contested by unpledged electors, who made no pledge to any candidate before the election ...

Famous quotes containing the word candidate:

    I have the greatest aversion to being a candidate on a ticket with a man whose record as an upright public man is to be in question—to be defended from the beginning to the end.
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)

    The candidate tells us we are the “backbone of the State,” and we know that it is true, not because we are possessed of certain endowed virtues, but because we are a majority and have the vote.
    —Federal Writers’ Project Of The Wor, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)

    The Republicans have a “me too” candidate running on a “yes but” platform, advised by a “has been” staff.
    Adlai Stevenson (1900–1965)