CASEY jumped from also-ran to No. 41 over the past two years.
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.
He had made a joke about his movie's status as also-ran to The Hurt Locker.
Ten years ago, Apple began its transformation from an also-ran PC maker to a world-beating tech titan.
Rand Paul had the benefit of observing both what made his father likable and popular, and what made him an also-ran.
For a time he wrote criticism for Mawaqif, a publication founded by the Syrian poet (and perennial Nobel also-ran) Adonis.
The FTC has subpoenaed Google in an antitrust case—the kind of probe that turned Microsoft from king of tech to an also-ran.
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]