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favorite son

A well-known person, especially a politician, who is supported and celebrated by people in his hometown. Ray was the favorite son of his hometown of Twin Falls, Idaho.
See also: favorite, son

favorite son

A person valued by his or her hometown or organization for his or her achievements, usually political, as in Mary hoped they would treat her as a favorite son and nominate her for state senator. This term was originally employed for a candidate nominated for office by his own locality. Today this usage may ignore gender, as in the example. [c. 1780]
See also: favorite, son
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On the other is a shrine to his boyhood idol, Valley favorite son John Elway, who graduated from Granada Hills High the same year Shiffman was a senior at Cleveland.
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Brazile, a senior Democratic strategist and Gore's former campaign manager, urged African American leaders to run as favorite sons and daughters in their states to potentially lock up the black vote.
Brazile best known as campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign, is urging African American leaders to run as favorite sons and darters in various states' presidential primaries to lock up as many delegate votes as possible before the Democratic Party convention assembles in Boston to pick nominees.
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