from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The candidate or nominee for the lesser of two closely associated political offices.
  • n. A companion.
  • n. A horse used to set the pace in a race for another horse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A candidate on a joint ticket who is not the primary candidate on that ticket.
  • n. One of a pair of ships with coordinated, often reciprocal, sailing schedules.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a nominee for the lesser of two closely related political offices


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  • A friend meets up with me in Tennessee and brings me a couple of vials of my running mate from Italy, Parabolin, to get me over the hump.


  • On a Texas swing soon afterward, McGovern and his newly minted running mate motorcaded to the LBJ ranch to meet with the former president.

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