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precandidate (plural precandidates)
- A person approved as a possible candidate.
2008 March 8, The Associated Press, “Hall of Famer in Mayor’s Race”, in New York Times:
- Arguello was approved as a precandidate for the November elections at a meeting of the Sandinista National Liberation Front, according to Daysi Torrez, a journalist who was nominated to run for deputy mayor.