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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Unpledged Elector
... presidential or vice presidential candidate, and is free to vote for any candidate when elected a member of the Electoral College ... 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 ...
Disapproval Voting - Disapproval Expression in Other Voting Systems
... region allow voters to vote "against all" candidates ... presidential election, 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 ... voters found a way to approve of the candidate, while disapproving of party and platform - and of his key opponent, George W ...
National Advancement Party
... In the 1990 and 1995 elections its presidential candidate was Álvaro Arzú who won in 1995, becoming Guatemala's 32nd president (1996–2000) ... Óscar Berger ran as the party's presidential candidate in the 1999 Guatemalan General Election becoming the runner-up in 1999 ... presidential candidacy in late 2002, he was going to run as the party's presidential candidate in the 2003 Guatemalan General Election ...
Favorite Son
... sometimes nominates and votes for a candidate from the state, or less often from the state's region, who is not a viable candidate ... The technique allows state leaders to negotiate with leading candidates in exchange for the delegation's support ... Since nationwide campaigns by candidates and binding primary elections have replaced brokered conventions, the technique has fallen out of use ...
Pedro Rosselló - Political Career - Senator (2005–2008) - 2008 NPP Governor's Candidacy Primary
... PNP assembly on May 22, 2007 a large group of delegates unanimously acclaimed him as the party's candidate for Governor ... even before the votes were completely tallied proclaiming Fortuño as the next gubernatorial candidate of the party ... active politics and would not be campaigning for any candidate, committing to complete his term as senator, which he did on December 31, 2008 ...

Famous quotes containing the word candidate:

    A candidate once called his opponent “a willful, obstinate, unsavory, obnoxious, pusillanimous, pestilential, pernicious, and perversable liar” without pausing for breath, and even his enemies removed their hats.
    —Federal Writers’ Project Of The Wor, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)

    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)

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