What does running mate mean?

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  1. running matenoun

    a nominee for the lesser of two closely related political offices


  1. running matenoun

    A candidate on a joint ticket who is not the primary candidate on that ticket.

  2. running matenoun

    One of a pair of ships with coordinated, often reciprocal, sailing schedules.


  1. running mate

    A running mate is a person who is jointly running for a leadership or political office with a candidate, usually for the positions of president and vice president, where the running mate is typically the vice presidential candidate. The term implies that the two are cooperating together or 'running' as a team for the election. The running mate may be chosen to balance the ticket, appealing to a broader range of voters due to differing characteristics or qualifications.


  1. Running mate

    A running mate is a person running together with another person on a joint ticket during an election. The term is most often used in reference to the person in the subordinate position but can also properly be used when referring to both candidates, such as "Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen were running mates in 1988". The term is usually used in the United States, in reference to a prospective Vice President. In some states, candidates for lieutenant governor run on a ticket with gubernatorial candidates, and are also known as running mates.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of running mate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of running mate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of running mate in a Sentence

  1. Josh Earnest:

    The President has indicated that the decision he made, I guess, seven years ago, to add Joe Biden to the ticket as his running mate was the smartest decision he's made.

  2. David Axelrod:

    You can see the appeal of adding a running mate like Abrams, who would bring a lot of powerful qualities, but it would be a high-risk proposition.

  3. Cortez Masto:

    I support Joe Biden 100% and will work tirelessly to help get him elected this November. It is an honor to be considered as a potential running mate, but I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration.

  4. Tudor Dixon:

    Gretchen Whitmer continues to take cues directly from her union bosses who shut schools down, kept our kids locked down at home longer than necessary, and created an education crisis in our state. She stood on the debate stage and blatantly lied that Michigan schools were only closed down for 3 months, her running-mate Garlin Gilchrist even had the audacity to say we must first take care of the adults in our education system - total disregard for kids and parents.

  5. Steve Rabinowitz:

    Al Gore's selection of Joe Lieberman to be his running mate was a big damn deal. It was a big deal in the community. It was a tremendous point of ethnic pride, and yet, four years later when he ran on his own for president, he got almost no support.


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