• Haile Gebrselassie poses for photographs afterwards with the media, who have abandoned their usual cynicism in favour of unadulterated fawning in front of the greatest distance runner of all time.

    BBC: Me, my race and Haile

  • Instead of focusing on a campaign fundraiser Thursday in Ohio, and touring a Ford Assembly plant, the Republican front-runner began his morning in front of a battery of TV cameras, answering questions about his relationship with Iseman, who is 31 years his junior.

    NPR: McCain Denounces 'Times' Story on Lobbyist Ties

  • Dean was the front-runner in national polls of Democratic presidential candidates at the time AFSCME endorsed him, but he has yet to win a single primary contest.

    CNN: Dean loses endorsement from major labor union

  • They swiftly detained the front-runner in the first round of presidential elections on March 29th, Carlos Gomes Junior, as well as the acting president, Raimundo Pereira.

    ECONOMIST: A small country upholds an unfortunate tradition

  • Elected on the fifth ballot, Francis was chosen in one of the fastest conclaves in years, remarkable given there was no clear front-runner going into the vote and that the church had been in turmoil following the upheaval unleashed by Benedict's surprise resignation.

    NPR: Argentine Jorge Bergoglio Elected Pope Francis

  • With almost all the votes counted in the first round of voting, Mr Zeman has emerged as the front runner, with Mr Schwarzenberg in second place.

    BBC: Czech election: two candidates in second round run-off

  • What's more likely, is that he's just going to solidify his position of being the front runner in pledged delegates, but there will be other issues to resolve, superdelegates, what do you do with Michigan and Florida, whether or not the Pennsylvania primary might be brought in to in some sense or another, reverse the momentum.

    NPR: Day of Reckoning Ahead for Clinton, Obama

  • Hillary Clinton of New York is still the front-runner, with 40 percent of Democratic voters backing her in the new CNN poll, down from 44 percent last month.

    CNN: New poll shows big shake-up in GOP race

  • Hitachi trains are the front-runner in the competition to replace all of the UK's fleet of inter-city high-speed trains.

    BBC: What happened to Japan's electronic giants?

  • Dealbreaker (also a rather gossipy site, but with humor and sometimes a bit of analysis thrown in) expressed skepticism later that afternoon, wondering whether this was an early front-runner for the craziest rumor of the week.

    FORBES: The Real Bullish Case For Bank Of America

  • Earlier Sunday, Kerry told Fox News that the Dean camp was calling Kerry the undisputed front-runner in the caucuses, and that anything short of a victory in Monday's voting would be a setback.

    CNN: Kerry belittles Edwards, then takes it back

  • Still, it wasn't clear whether this surge would derail the front-runner in the election, the Pakistan Muslim League of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who hopes to form the next government of the world's fifth-largest democracy.

    WSJ: Irregularities at Polls, Strong Turnout as Pakistan Votes

  • However, being the front runner also means being in the cross-hairs of the other candidates and, as expected, Mr. Romney, Ron Paul, and John King, the CNN moderator, as any moderator would, went after Mr. Santorum.

    FORBES: Santorum Echoes Kerry

  • It wasn't clear whether this surge in support for Mr. Khan, who campaigned on promises to clean up Pakistani politics and reassess ties with the U.S., would derail the front-runner in the election, the Pakistan Muslim League of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who hopes to form the next government of the world's fifth-largest democracy.

    WSJ: Irregularities at Polls, Strong Turnout as Pakistan Votes

  • He was an early Heisman front-runner, but he faded in October as Baylor lost three of four.

    WSJ: RG3 Wins First Heisman for Baylor

  • Dean, the front-runner in national polls before voting began, has won none of the 17 primaries or caucuses held so far.

    CNN: More mixed signals from Dean camp

  • Fifty-seven percent have a favorable view of the Republican front-runner, down from 63 percent in September.

    CNN: /Time poll: Bush's favorable ratings drop slightly

  • For the first time in Haiti's two decades of patchy democracy, there is no clear front-runner for president among the 19 candidates, and the contest is likely to go to a run-off, due on January 16th.

    ECONOMIST: Rebuilding Haiti: Politics in the time of cholera | The

  • He later served as my national chairman when I sought the presidency in 2000, even though the rest of his state colleagues were lining up behind front-runner George W. Bush.

    FORBES: Magazine Article

  • The president also had a lead of more than 20 percentage points over Democratic front-runner Howard Dean in a hypothetical matchup among registered voters, the poll found.

    CNN: Poll: Saddam's capture boosts Bush's ratings

  • First, these are undoubtedly the opinions that appealed most to the caucus-goers of Iowa when they placed him in second place behind Mr Romney, the front-runner in the nomination race.

    ECONOMIST: Lexington

  • Huckabee went on to best former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, by then the GOP front-runner, in the Iowa caucuses January 3, placing him among the top tier of Republican hopefuls.

    CNN: Huckabee bows to 'inevitable,' ends GOP run

  • There are several papal contenders in the wings, but no obvious front-runner as was the case when Benedict was elected pontiff in 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II.

    NPR: Pope Resigning On Feb. 28, Conclave In March

  • And people can change their mind: Just ask Howard Dean, who went from being a clear front-runner in the Democratic primaries to being a distant third in Iowa in a matter of weeks.

    CNN: Kerry comes through in the clutch

  • There was a decidedly "down home" feeling among the festive crowd of 1, 800 Bush supporters as they awaited the arrival of the GOP front-runner at the Hampshire Hills Swim and Tennis Club in Milford.

    CNN: For Bush, a family affair in New Hampshire

  • But Dean campaign chairman Steven Grossman, who was also chairman of Democratic front-runner John Kerry's 1996 Senate race, indicated in a story on the New York Times Web site that changes may be in the offing.

    CNN: More mixed signals from Dean camp

  • Despite beginning Oscar season as the front-runner, and scoring more nominations than any of its rivals (11 in total), Scorsese and The Aviator ultimately lost out to Clint Eastwood for Million Dollar Baby, after a neck-and-neck battle between the two films.

    BBC: NEWS | Entertainment | Fifth time unlucky for Scorsese

  • Grossman's comments fueled speculation that Dean, who was the front-runner in the race before stumbling in Iowa and New Hampshire, would drop out of he failed to win Wisconsin, and that he may be about to lose some of his staff.

    CNN: Dean campaign faces disarray

  • John Kerry of Massachusetts is rejecting the label of Democratic Party front-runner, despite polls showing him with a strong lead in the Granite State.

    CNN: Kerry rejects 'front-runner' label

  • With House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) declining to run for a leadership post in the minority, the front-runner for Republican leader is the current majority leader, John Boehner of Ohio.

    NPR: After the Election, New Races on Capitol Hill

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