The winner of Florida's primary will try to spin his way into the frontrunner's position.
The Republican frontrunner made his 2012 bid official—just as the press corps left to chase Sarah Palin's bus tour.
His current status as the frontrunner is no less controversial.
also front-runner, of political candidates, 1908, American English, a metaphor from horse racing (where it is used by 1903 of a horse that runs best while in the lead).
The leader in a contest, election, etc: That left as front runners Runcie and England's second-ranking churchman (1914+ fr racing)