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CANDIDATE. One who offers himself or is offered by others for an office.

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Xi had abundant local governance experience before being granted the first candidateship to paramount power, but he still needed new chances to prove he was qualified enough for a national leader.
(32) Zhang Danhong, "China Watchers Have Different Views on Top Leader Candidateship (Shuijin zuigaoceng: zhongguo wenti zhuanjia kanfa butong)", 11 Oct.
There are three personalities in this classification who competed in June 1992 to obtain the Romanian Democratic Convention candidateship to the presidency of Romania (Constantinescu, Ratiu, Manolescu--classified in this order in June) and no.