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August 18, 1995 | By James M. O'Neill, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dick Zimmer yesterday professed an aversion to the moniker "front- runner," saying that he always felt more comfortable in the role of underdog. But the three-time U.S. representative from central New Jersey certainly acted and sounded like the Republican front-runner to fill the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley, a Democrat, at the end of 1996. Zimmer, who turned 51 on Wednesday - the day Bradley wreaked political havoc with his withdrawal announcement - made himself available to the news media at the Statehouse yesterday, and clearly had his guns trained on U.S. Rep. Robert G. Torricelli, already garlanded by some political observers with "front-runner" status among the Democrats, even though he hasn't yet said he is a candidate.
SPORTS
October 30, 1988 | By Mayer Brandschain, Special to The Inquirer
The second phase - steeplechase and cross-country jumping - of the Chesterland International Three-Day Event at Unionville yesterday resulted in the surprising elimination of the front-running horse, Samuel Gwiffy. Bruce Davidson, who competed in the Summer Olympics, was aboard Samuel Gwiffy when he missed a flag and was eliminated. The horse had been in first place after Friday's dressage competition. Davidson, however, is still in the running with his other horse, Mystic Hunt, which stands fourth.
NEWS
June 7, 1987 | By Larry Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The ministers' conference and gospel concert was running an hour and a half behind schedule and the featured speaker had yet to have his say. So the Rev. Levi Willis kept his introduction blessedly short; in point of fact, only one sentence was needed. "He is now the front-runner of the party," Willis said, as 4,000 black preachers, organists and choirmasters rose to cheer. " . . . the Rev. Jesse Jackson!" That word, front-runner, had been used to introduce him earlier at a political rally in Norfolk.
NEWS
March 8, 1990 | By Linda S. Wallace, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three weeks ago, people in Texas were calling state treasurer Ann Richards a name she liked: front-runner. But less than a week before the state's primary election, the tough- talking, silver-haired candidate for governor appears to have lost some of her early popularity. The most recent statewide poll showed Richards trailing or even with former Texas Gov. Mark White, with the third major Democratic contender in Tuesday's primary, Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox, rising fast.
SPORTS
March 15, 2001 | by Paul Hagen Daily News Sports Writer
Cliff Politte was pitching well for Jefferson (Mo.) Junior College. Well enough to earn first-team All-America, all-conference and all-region honors. Naturally that attracted big-league scouts to the tiny school. "I remember after one game, a Kansas City scout approached my father," Politte said before allowing one run in four innings of the Phillies' 11-6 exhibition win over the Pirates yesterday at McKechnie Field. "He said I was throwing in the low 90s, but that I wasn't draftable because I wasn't at least 6-feet tall.
NEWS
January 9, 1992 | By Robert S. Boyd, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas, the nation's longest-serving governor, has broken out of the pack as the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. Liberals, labor leaders and Northern party officials - until recently skeptical about Clinton, a 45-year-old Southern moderate - are now betting that he has the best chance of beating President Bush in November. The pre-Christmas decision of New York Gov. Mario Cuomo not to run has removed the last major uncertainty over the once-muddled Democratic field.
NEWS
February 9, 1988 | By Angelia Herrin, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Claiming a "clear-cut victory" in Iowa, Sen. Bob Dole yesterday assumed the role of confident Republican front-runner. Gone were the echoes of his bitter personal fight with George Bush. "As long as I'm one of the two men in the race, I don't care who the other is," Dole said, as early caucus returns showed him running far ahead, with Pat Robertson knocking Bush into a distant third place. "They were looking for the candidate who was talking about the issues," Dole said.
NEWS
July 11, 1992
As Bill Clinton gets coronated next week in New York City, many will reflect on the idea that here is a case of the person who was the front-runner before the primaries began, and ran in front pretty much from wire to wire. But there are other ways to look at it, and Mr. Clinton could, if he wished, smilingly think of himself as the true tortoise of the Democratic field - the candidate who slowly overcame a huge head start that his toughest competitors had. This would be looking at things not in the context of 1992, but from a perspective of almost two decades.
NEWS
May 1, 2007 | By Larry Eichel INQUIRER SENIOR WRITER
Tom Knox, hit by new verbal assaults in a debate yesterday morning, made a dramatic move later in the day to try to protect his status as the Democratic mayoral front-runner. With the primary just two weeks away, the wealthy businessman purchased an extra $400,000 of time for TV commercials, bringing his total buy for the week to more than three-quarters of a million dollars. That's by far the most any candidate has spent at any time during this campaign. By way of comparison, the Knox campaign spent just under $348,000 on ads last week, compared to about the same amount by U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, roughly $300,000 by former City Councilman Michael Nutter, $225,000 by U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and $193,000 by state Rep. Dwight Evans.
NEWS
April 25, 2009 | By Cynthia Burton INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With less than six weeks to go in New Jersey's Republican gubernatorial primary campaign, front-runner Christopher J. Christie yesterday finally acknowledged his closest competitor with a negative radio ad, a sign the race is tightening. Analysts said Christie had been unable to marginalize Steve Lonegan by ignoring him, and now must take steps to keep him in second place. Although a Quinnipiac University poll on Wednesday showed Christie leading Lonegan by 46 percent to 37 percent, analysts say the race is volatile.
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NEWS
April 21, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, POLITICS WRITER
New York restored some narrative order to the presidential race. Hillary Clinton, adoptive native daughter, won the Democratic primary Tuesday, and Manhattan developer Donald Trump, denizen of the city's tabloids for decades, cruised to victory in the Republican contest. They will be perceived as the front-runners again heading into the Acela Primary next week, when Pennsylvania and four other states along the Eastern Seaboard's main passenger rail line hold votes. Clinton and Trump were leading in the delegate counts even before New York state's ballots were counted, but they ran into turbulence over the last couple of weeks that, at the very least, raised doubts about their potential strengths as party standard-bearers.
NEWS
March 13, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
In a congressional race that is drawing national attention, a seemingly existential question has turned up the heat: Just when does a political campaign begin? In the case of Republican front-runner Brian Fitzpatrick, his opponents say his first steps into the contest may have been missteps. Less than two months after suddenly entering the race and instantly becoming the favorite, Fitzpatrick is facing criticism and questions about a report that he began his campaign before resigning from his FBI post.
NEWS
February 26, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
They may be the front-runners in the race for president, but that does not necessarily make them popular in Pennsylvania. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hold leads in their respective parties among likely voters in the April 26 primary, according to a Franklin and Marshall College Poll being released Thursday. But both suffer when independents and opposition party members are added to the mix. More than half of those polled viewed each unfavorably. The poll of 985 voters, conducted from Feb. 13 to Sunday, found: Clinton, the former secretary of state, leads U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont by 21 points, 48 percent to 27 percent, among Democratic voters.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sometimes as a youngster in the small Kenyan village where his family farmed, Abraham Kiprop Rutto would look up toward the clear sky and see a passing airplane. Though his future figured to be as earthbound as his father's, the boy dreamed that one day such a plane would carry him to strange new lands, no small ambition for a rural African youngster. Soon he found a way. "My friends were running and going abroad in planes," Rutto said. "And I said, 'I want to fly in one and go abroad so I will run too.' " Rutto ran so hard he eventually caught up with his dream.
NEWS
June 5, 2015
IT IS OUTRIGHT stupefying if not downright dubious for former Council member Jim Kenney to be front-runner for mayor of Philadelphia, but not have a concrete plan for improving Philadelphia schools or supporting U.S. veterans. Since 1991, Jim Kenney sat as a Council member at-large. Under his stewardship, the School District of Philadelphia laid off nearly 3,800 teachers and shifted nearly $727 million to charter schools. As for veterans, the Philadelphia VA office is now being investigated for misrepresenting and ignoring veterans' claims.
NEWS
February 13, 2015 | BY RAMESH PONNURU
SCOTT WALKER, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, is leading some presidential-primary polls in Iowa and New Hampshire. He was elected in 2010, and quickly drew national attention when he signed legislation to reduce the collective-bargaining privileges of public-sector unions. He prevailed in that struggle, beat back an attempt to recall him from office and became a hero to conservatives nationally in the process. Last year, he won re-election in a state that hasn't gone Republican in a presidential race for 30 years.
NEWS
February 13, 2014
ONE QUESTION Democrats running for governor must be asking these days is whether the Wolf is at the door. That would be Tom Wolf, big-bucks York County biz guy with more money than anyone else in the race and, right now, the only candidate on TV. He's been on the air everywhere but Erie for two weeks with multiple spots highlighting his profile and views. This could prove problematic for Dems polling ahead of Wolf, especially Allyson Schwartz and Rob McCord. The longer Wolf runs alone, the better the chance his unknown status changes and pushes him toward or to the front of the pack.
SPORTS
January 9, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - James Franklin has emerged as the front-runner to fill the head football coaching vacancy at Penn State, CBSsports.com reported yesterday. Elsewhere, the website said that athletic director David Williams is likely to push to keep Franklin at Vanderbilt. Franklin, Vanderbilt's head coach, reportedly interviewed for the job Sunday. Franklin has become the apparent favorite for the job over former Penn State lineman and NFL Hall of Famer Mike Munchak, who was recently fired by the Tennessee Titans, and longtime Penn State assistant Larry Johnson, who was named interim coach after Bill O'Brien resigned to coach the Houston Texans last week.
SPORTS
June 12, 2013
Jason Kidd , fresh off retirement after 19 seasons in the NBA, is reported to be the leading candidate for the Brooklyn Nets coaching job and could be hired before the end of the week, Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday. A person familiar with the situation said the Charlotte Bobcats reached an agreement in principle with Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing to become their new associate head coach. SOCCER: In World Cup qualifying, Jozy Altidore and Eddie Johnson scored to lift the United States to a 2-0 win over Panama in Seattle.
SPORTS
April 11, 2013
Vaux senior guard Rysheed Jordan is expected to commit to St. John's when he announces his college choice on Thursday, a source close to the situation said Wednesday night. Jordan will choose from among the Red Storm, Temple, and UCLA at a news conference. The site and time were not set as of Wednesday evening. Calls to Jordan and his coaches were not immediately returned. The 6-foot-3 Jordan was the Public League's player of the year. He also was named the state Class A player of the year by the Associated Press.
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