For a time he wrote criticism for Mawaqif, a publication founded by the Syrian poet (and perennial Nobel also-ran) Adonis.
Post-debate she was 200,000 ahead of the also-ran, the aggressively marketed Anderson Cooper of CNN.
The 2008 also-ran is suddenly the hottest Republican in the 2012 presidential field.
A person, competitive product, etc, that does not succeed; a person of mediocre talents; loser
[fr the term for a racehorse who runs fourth or worse]