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incumbent

a person who holds an office, esp a clergyman holding a benefice

incumbent

[in′kəm·bənt]
(biology)
Lying on or down.
(geology)
Lying above, said of a stratum that is superimposed or overlies another stratum.
(ecology)
Referring to the occupation and utilization of resources to the exclusion of other species.

incumbent

An entity that is currently in power. An "incumbent company" is an organization that has been providing goods and services for some time. In politics, the "incumbent senator" is the person who currently holds that office. See ILEC.
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Incumbents Laura Biskaduros and Esteban Mendoza did not take out papers);
14th Circuit State Attorney, where incumbent Glenn Hess faces Jim Appleman.
In the Hart Union High School District in Santa Clarita, incumbents Gloria Mercado-Fortine and Steven Sturgeon were holding off their sole challenger, Joe Messina.
Historically, when incumbents lose big, they do so for sound reasons: The public sees their policies as not working--or worse yet, as failures.
No one is challenging the three incumbents in the Bethel district, the county's third-largest school system.
Political veterans acknowledge the objection process has long been the easiest way for incumbents to win re-election.
The results are also useful to policymakers since they describe the market and firm characteristics that are most likely to lead to large price cuts by incumbents, be they termed predatory or just competitive.
Jacobson's theory, originally developed to explain differences in the effectiveness of spending by incumbents and challengers in U.
Given this voter consistency and the fact that most districts are not level playing fields, most elections are decided during the decennial redistricting (or "incumbent protection") process--that is, when Democrats and Republicans blatantly carve up the political map to protect incumbents, creating noncompetitive districts "safe" from changing parties.
Empirical studies of the effects of campaign spending on the outcome of Congressional elections have found that campaign spending by incumbents is not as effective as that of their challengers.
Converging telecom and broadcasting markets most evident in the competition between the fixed-line incumbents and cable operators.
STERLING -- Only incumbents have taken out papers for the May 11 annual town election, as of Wednesday.