running-mate

running mate

noun
1.
a candidate for an office linked with another and more important office, as for the vice-presidency.
2.
a horse entered in a race in which another, more important, horse from the same stable, or belonging to the same owner, is run.
3.
a close companion.

Origin:
1865–70, Americanism

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running mate
 
n
1.  (US) a candidate for the subordinate of two linked positions, esp a candidate for the vice-presidency
2.  a horse that pairs another in a team

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