dead heat


Definition of dead heat

: a tie with no single winner of a race broadly : tie

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the horses crossed the finish line in a dead heat
Recent Examples on the Web President-elect Joe Biden was in a dead heat with Trump for the district, winning 48.6 % of the vote. Paul Cobler, Dallas News, "Freshman lawmakers Colin Allred, Van Taylor ride bipartisan message to reelection," 27 Nov. 2020 Other polls, including Bloomberg, showed Harrison in a dead heat with Graham or Graham being slightly ahead. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Congressional Republicans scorch pollsters over lousy election predictions," 13 Nov. 2020 Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, who has tied herself closely to Trump and is a member of the GOP’s Senate leadership, is in a dead heat with Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield. Laura Litvan,, "Democrats’ Bid to Retake Senate Hinges on Strong Biden Showing," 31 Oct. 2020 President Trump is locked in a dead heat with Joe Biden in the long-red state. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "Republicans Face a Dogfight in Georgia," 30 Oct. 2020 And North Carolina Republican Senator Thom Tillis is in a dead heat with Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham. Matt Egan, CNN, "Wall Street could call the 2020 election before the media does," 21 Oct. 2020 Polls show that Trump is in a dead heat with Joe Biden in the state, despite winning it by more than 9 points during the 2016 election. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "In a campaign frenzy, Trump heads to Iowa — where Covid-19 is currently ‘out of control’," 13 Oct. 2020 And while Trump is in a dead heat with Biden, Ernst in recent polls is trailing her challenger by more. Thomas Beaumont, Star Tribune, "Iowa again a battleground, sign of Trump's Midwest obstacles," 29 Sep. 2020 The RealClearPolitics average of polling in the race suggests the race is a dead heat, with Warnock leading by half a percentage point. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Tony Dungy questions Christian faith of Raphael Warnock after tweet stating he's a 'pro-choice pastor'," 11 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of dead heat

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dead heat was in 1796

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16 Jan 2021

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“Dead heat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dead heat

: a contest in which two or more competitors earn the same score or finish at the same time

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