Dark horse

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A dark horse is a political term used to describe a little known political figure or thing that later becomes well known in a situation, especially in a competition involving multiple rivals.[1] It also describes a contestant that ideally should be unlikely to win but yet still might.[2]

Examples include Jimmy Carter in the 1976 presidential election, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primaries, businessman Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

References[change | change source]

  1. "A dark horse". The Phrase Finder.
  2. "Dark horse". Merriam Webster.