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▪ Setencich could mount a write-in or independent effort and possibly win re-election, Quinn said.

n. 1 A candidate whose name is not listed on the ballot 2 A vote made for a candidate who is a write-in.

  1. n. a candidate for public office whose name does not appear on the ballot and so must be written on the ballot by the voters [syn: write-in candidate]

  2. a vote cast by writing in the name of a candidate who is not listed on the ballot

Usage examples of "write-in".

Tuesday, in Milwaukee, Senator Eugene McCarthy celebrated his victory in the Wisconsin primary, having soundly beaten noncandidate Lyndon Johnson as well as write-in candidates Robert Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey the night before.

Though Johnson was a write-in candidate who never came to New Hampshire to campaign, it was a big psychological victory for McCarthy and the anti-war movement.

But apparently in the last week before the Illinois primary, unspecified persons had initiated a write-in campaign for William A.

Dale Alford, in a write-in campaign, which succeeded partly because of the use of stickers with his name on them that could be plastered on ballots by voters who couldn’.

He was hoping to become sheriff the next month through a flourishing write-in campaign.

However, Star Trek viewers started a write-in campaign urging the White House to rename the vehicle to Enterprise .

She and her husband mounted a massive write-in campaign, and the resulting onslaught of letters had the desired effect: NBC agreed to renew Trek for a third season.

The DJs harangued her about a write-in campaign to have TNN—.

The DJs harangued her about a write-in campaign to have TNN&mdash.

I won the vice presidency of the Junipero Serra Mission Academy junior class unanimously, except for a single write-in vote for Brad Ackerman.