running mate


Definition of running mate

2 : a horse entered in a race to set the pace for a horse of the same owner or stable
3 : a candidate running for a subordinate place on a ticket especially : the candidate for vice president

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Examples of running mate in a Sentence

When John F. Kennedy ran for president, his running mate was Lyndon Johnson. inseparable running mates who first met when they were in elementary school
Recent Examples on the Web When Trump selected Pence as his running mate in 2016, the movement conservative from Indiana played the crucial role of presidential emissary to the Republican establishment. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Pence deployed to key areas by Trump campaign to gin up local support," 10 Sep. 2020 The Biden campaign's response to the fires is especially notable since his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, represents California in the Senate. Aamer Madhani, Star Tribune, "Climate change largely missing from campaign as fires rage," 10 Sep. 2020 That won’t be the case as Biden and his running mate, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, the first woman of color to be on a major party presidential ticket, will gain greater attention. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's swing state status can mean only one thing: The candidates are coming," 5 Sep. 2020 LaRose’s argument, filed by a lawyer for the Ohio attorney general’s office, comes in response to a request by West and Michelle Tidball, his running mate, that the state Supreme Court order his name on Ohio’s general-election ballot. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Attorneys for Kanye West, Sec. of State Frank LaRose trade arguments in Ohio Supreme Court case," 2 Sep. 2020 The former vice president’s speech Monday appeared to jump-start the general election campaign a week ahead of its normal Labor Day kickoff, as both Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, will begin venturing out despite the pandemic. Jonathan Lemire, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Biden, Trump shift campaign focus toward safety amid protests," 1 Sep. 2020 Among the targets were Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala D. Harris, who were criticized by the phony network as immoral tools of political conservatives. Washington Post, "Facebook takes down a Russian operation that recruited U.S. journalists amid rising concerns regarding election misinformation," 1 Sep. 2020 Liu also took the opportunity to show support for presidential hopeful Joe Biden and his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, who will face President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the upcoming Nov. 3 election. Ally Mauch,, "Lucy Liu Celebrates Son Rockwell's 5th Birthday with Rare Photo: 'He Is a Rainbow of Light'," 29 Aug. 2020 The speech will be her first solo in-person campaign event since Joe Biden selected her as his running mate two weeks ago. Ryan Teague Beckwith,, "Pence Convention Speech Ends With Pomp: Convention Update," 28 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of running mate

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Running mate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of running mate

chiefly US : the person who runs with someone in an election (such as an election to choose a new president) and who is given the less important position (such as vice president) if they are elected

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