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front-runner

the person or thing thought most likely to win or succeed. The press found out some juicy secrets about the front-runner and made them all public. Who is the front-runner in the race to be governor?
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Synopsis: Although strong early front-runners usually win GOP nomination contests, the competitive nature of the 2012 campaign -- with four leaders and seven switches in the lead, to date -- is similar to 2003 when five Democratic candidates for their party's 2004 nomination traded the lead nine times.
We're seeing vastly different preferences by the awards groups instead of years where there has been general agreement on the front-runners," he added.
For the front-runners in both parties, there's still a long march - and perhaps April, May, June and July - ahead.
In the Republican contest, the party's front-runner John McCain will try to put more ground between himself and his main rival Mitt Romney.
In the previous Newsweek survey in September, Huckabee got only 6 percent against then front-runner Romney's 25 percent.
Yet despite the fact that the gatekeeper press had anointed him the front-runner, Dean failed to win a single primary other than Vermont's in March, long after his candidacy was finished.
Why it's here: Andrew Jarecki's controversial and much-talked-about portrait of a family torn apart by charges of pedophilia is a front-runner for Best Documentary.
But John Kerry," she said of the night's front-runner, "Kerry can never win in Louisiana.
Dean, once the front-runner with pounds 22 million in campaign funds, has failed to win a single delegate contest since voting began with the Iowa caucuses last month.
In the wake of John Kerry's impressive showing in Tuesday's primaries, Dean now finds himself as one of a shrinking field of fast-fading Kerry opponents whom the Massachusetts senator and party leaders hope will now stop attacking the front-runner and follow Joe Lieberman out the door marked "Exit.
Conversely, front-runners for the presidency of premier civil rights organizations, like the National Urban League, must have already achieved considerable national stature--and in many cases, this has been a result of the Civil Bights movement.
Madison Project participants are interviewing all the Republican presidential candidates, but the session with front-runner Bush is considered the most portentous.
whose Cypac polyetherimide-based prepreg was previously considered a front-runner for use in the U.
Herrington says, "We have made no determination as to where the [SSc] will be sited -- and there is no front-runner.