August 18, 1995 |
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.
October 30, 1988 |
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.
June 7, 1987 |
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.
March 8, 1990 |
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.
March 15, 2001 |
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.
January 9, 1992 |
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.
February 9, 1988 |
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.
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.
May 1, 2007 |
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.
April 25, 2009 |
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.