c. 1600s, from Latin candidatus "one aspiring to office," originally "white-robed," past participle of candidare "to make white or bright," from candidus (see candid). Office-seekers in ancient Rome wore white togas.
1. The Democratic candidate is still leading in the polls.
2. The Socialists united behind their probable presidential candidate, Michel Rocard.
3. The candidate stands accused of breaking promises even before he's in office.
4. Prime candidate to take over his job is Margaret Ramsay.
5. The Democrat candidate is the favorite to win election.