Noun candidate has 2 senses
  1. campaigner, candidate, nominee - a politician who is running for public office
    --1 is a kind of politician, politico, pol, political leader
    --1 has particulars:
     dark horse; favorite son, favourite son; running mate; spoiler; stalking-horse; write-in candidate, write-in
  2. candidate, prospect - someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.)
    --2 is a kind of person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, human, soul