favorite-son

favorite son

noun U.S. politics.
(at a national political convention) a candidate nominated for office by delegates from his or her own state.

Origin:
1780–90, Americanism

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favorite son
 
n
(in the US) a politician popular in his home state but little admired beyond it

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favorite son definition


A political figure nominated for the presidency by his or her state's delegation to the national nominating convention of a major party. Favorite sons are rarely serious candidates for the party's nomination. By nominating a favorite son, the delegation honors its nominee while delaying its commitment until the more serious contenders for the nomination can be sorted out.

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