Definition of kingmaker
: one having great influence over the choice of candidates for political office
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And because there were exactly 60 Democratic senators at the time, every single senator was a kingmaker—a newsmaker.
The traditionally left-leaning Greens hope to be kingmakers after Germany’s Sept. 24 election, though the chances of that are unclear.
In the wake of Britain's hung parliament, the province's very right-of-center, pro-British Unionist party the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party), suddenly became kingmakers in the UK government, thus upsetting the province's delicate power balance.
But despite speculation that Sinn Féin could be a kingmaker in a progressive coalition, party president Gerry Adams confirmed that Sinn Féin MPs will not be taking their seats.
That made Mr. Weaver a kingmaker and, for the first time, gave the Greens real political power in North America.
Whenever the two Indy 500 kingmakers step aside, other owners are ready to step into the void.
Ailes was riding high for the better part of his career, becoming a kingmaker for Republican hopefuls, until sexual harassment claims cost him his job.
And though there are plenty of examples of athletes with one or two of these kingmakers, all three seem not to exist in one person in an ideal ratio.
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Definition of kingmaker for English Language Learners
: a powerful person or group who influences decisions about who will become political candidates
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