Dark horse

Horse racing at Golden Gate Fields, 2017

Previously less known person or thing that emerges to prominence in a situation, especially in a competition involving multiple rivals, or a contestant that on paper should be unlikely to succeed but yet still might.

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Portrait by Mathew Brady, c. undefined 1849

James K. Polk

The 11th president of the United States, serving from 1845 to 1849.

The 11th president of the United States, serving from 1845 to 1849.

Portrait by Mathew Brady, c. undefined 1849
Reconstruction of the log cabin in Pineville, North Carolina where Polk was born
c. 1846–49 daguerreotype of James K. Polk and Sarah Childress Polk
The house where Polk spent his young adult life before his presidency, in Columbia, Tennessee, is his only private residence still standing. It is now known as the James K. Polk Home.
1844 campaign banner for the Polk/Dallas ticket, produced by Nathaniel Currier
Results of the 1844 presidential election
The White House 1846
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President Polk, BEP engraved portrait
The inauguration of James K. Polk, as shown in the Illustrated London News, v. 6, April 19, 1845
Polk and his cabinet in the White House dining room, 1846. Front row, left to right: John Y. Mason, William L. Marcy, James K. Polk, Robert J. Walker. Back row, left to right: Cave Johnson, George Bancroft. Secretary of State James Buchanan is absent. This was the first photograph taken in the White House, and the first of a presidential Cabinet.
Map of Oregon Country, which the Oregon Treaty split between the Americans and British at the 49th parallel
Map of Mexico in 1845, with the Republic of Texas, the Republic of Yucatan and the disputed territory between Mexico and Texas in red. Mexico claimed to own all of Texas.
Polk's presidential proclamation of war against Mexico
Overview map of the war
War News from Mexico (1848)
Antonio López de Santa Anna, 1847
The Mexican Cession (in red) was acquired through the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The Gadsden Purchase (in orange) was acquired through purchase after Polk left office.
United States states and territories when Polk entered office
United States states and territories when Polk left office
Polk's official White House portrait, by George Peter Alexander Healy, 1858
The California Gold Rush began under Polk.
Associate Justice Levi Woodbury (c. 1850)
Robert C. Grier, one of President Polk's two appointees to the Supreme Court
Results of the 1848 presidential election
James K. Polk's tomb lies on the grounds of the Tennessee State Capitol
Polk Place, briefly James Polk's home and long that of his widow
Elias Polk depicted later in life was a valet to James Polk, being the only known image of a Polk household slave.
A statue of Polk at the North Carolina State Capitol

He was a dark horse candidate in the 1844 presidential election as the Democratic Party nominee; he entered his party's convention as a potential nominee for vice president but emerged as a compromise to head the ticket when no presidential candidate could secure the necessary two-thirds majority.

1844 United States presidential election

The 15th quadrennial presidential election, held from Friday, November 1 to Wednesday, December 4, 1844.

The 15th quadrennial presidential election, held from Friday, November 1 to Wednesday, December 4, 1844.

Grand National Democratic banner
Anti-annexation poster, New York City, April 1844. Albert Gallatin (signature on poster), Thomas Jefferson's Treasury Secretary presided over the event.
Martin Van Buren summons spirits to divine the Democratic or Loco Foco prospects for election in 1844.
Political cartoon predicting Polk's defeat by Clay
Grand National Whig banner
Incumbent President John Tyler, the Democratic-Republican Party presidential nominee
Broadside announcing torchlight victory parade in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Results by county, shaded according to winning candidate's percentage of the vote
Results by county, shaded according to percentage of the vote for Polk
Results by county, shaded according to percentage of the vote for Clay
Results by county, shaded according to percentage of the vote for Birney
Results by county, shaded according to percentage of the vote for other candidates

The convention instead chose James K. Polk, former Governor of Tennessee and U. S. House Speaker, who emerged as the first dark horse nominee.

1920 United States presidential election

The 34th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 2, 1920.

The 34th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 2, 1920.

A ticket purchased by a guest of the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco.
Poster for the 1920 Democratic presidential ticket
Roosevelt and Cox at a campaign appearance in Washington, D.C.
Clifford Berryman's cartoon depiction of Eugene V. Debs' campaign from prison.
Map of presidential election results by county
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With both Wilson and Roosevelt out of the running, the major parties turned to little-known dark horse candidates from the state of Ohio, a swing state with a large number of electoral votes.

1852 United States presidential election

The 17th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 2, 1852.

The 17th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 2, 1852.

Pierce/King campaign poster
Scott/Graham campaign poster
Political cartoon favoring Winfield Scott
Map of presidential election results by county
Former Senator Franklin Pierce from New Hampshire
Senator Lewis Cass from Michigan
Former Secretary of State James Buchanan
Former Secretary of War William L. Marcy
Senator Stephen A. Douglas from Illinois
Commanding General Winfield Scott
President Millard Fillmore
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Senator John P. Hale from New Hampshire
Former senator George Troup from Georgia
Map of Democratic presidential election results by county
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On the 49th ballot, dark horse candidate Franklin Pierce won nomination by consensus compromise.

Official portrait, 1977

Jimmy Carter

American former politician who served as the 39th president of the United States from 1977 to 1981.

American former politician who served as the 39th president of the United States from 1977 to 1981.

Official portrait, 1977
The Carter family store (part of Carter's Boyhood Farm) in Plains, Georgia
Carter with Rosalynn Smith and his mother at his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy on June 5, 1946
President Jimmy Carter, his wife and Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, USN (wearing tie) aboard the submarine USS Los Angeles (SSN-688) in 1977
Results of the 1970 gubernatorial election in Georgia, with blue counties supporting Carter and red ones voting for Hal Suit: the relative darkness of the shade shows greater support for a candidate.
Carter's official portrait as Governor of Georgia
Jimmy Carter's campaign button announcing his campaign with the slogan, "My name is Jimmy Carter, and I'm running for President."
Carter and President Gerald Ford debating at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia
The electoral map of the 1976 election
Image of President Carter displayed in the National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC. Portrait by Robert Templeton.
Newly elected governor of Arkansas and future president Bill Clinton meets with President Carter in 1978.
Carter signing the Airline Deregulation Act, 1978
Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter and Menachem Begin meet on the Aspen Lodge patio of Camp David on September 6, 1978.
First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Tanzanian leader Julius Nyerere, and Carter, 1977
Carter with Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo on April 1, 1978
Deng Xiaoping with President Carter
Carter with King Hussein of Jordan and Shah of Iran in 1977
Carter and Leonid Brezhnev signing the SALT II treaty at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, June 18, 1979
Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Zbigniew Brzezinski in September 1978
King Khalid of Saudi Arabia and Carter, October 1978
Countries visited by Carter during his presidency
Electoral map of the 1980 election
Carter at a rally in Granite City.
Carter (third from left) with Martti Ahtisaari, William Hague, and Lakhdar Brahimi from The Elders group in London, July 24, 2013.
Carter in 1988
The state funeral of George H. W. Bush in December 2018. Carter and his wife Rosalynn can be seen on the far right of the photograph.
Carter with Justice Harry Blackmun, known for his Roe v. Wade majority opinion authorship
Farah Pahlavi, Empress of Iran, holds Jimmy Carter IV while Rosalynn Carter, Caron Carter and Chip Carter watch, January 1978.
Carter in Plains, 2008
James Earl Carter Presidential Statue by Frederick Hart (1994)
alt=Carter, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton standing next to each other.|Carter (right), walks with, from left, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton during the dedication of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock, Arkansas on November 18, 2004
alt=Carter sitting in front of the U.S. flag|Carter during a Google Hangout session held during the LBJ Presidential Library Civil Rights Summit in 2014
alt=Carter, Obama, and Clinton standing together.|Carter (right) with President Barack Obama (center) and Bill Clinton (left) on August 28, 2013, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington
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alt=The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum during the daytime.|Jimmy Carter Library and Museum located in Atlanta, Georgia
Carter standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, during his 1979 visit

Despite being a dark-horse candidate who was generally unknown outside of Georgia, he won the 1976 Democratic presidential nomination.

2015 Labour Party leadership election (UK)

Internal Labour Party poll which was triggered by the resignation of Ed Miliband as Leader of the Labour Party on 8 May 2015, following the party's defeat at the 2015 general election.

Internal Labour Party poll which was triggered by the resignation of Ed Miliband as Leader of the Labour Party on 8 May 2015, following the party's defeat at the 2015 general election.

Support for Corbyn, who entered the race as a dark horse candidate, and the release of opinion polls which showed him leading the race, led to high-profile interventions by a number of prominent Labour figures including Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, Jack Straw, David Miliband, and Alastair Campbell, among others, many of whom argued that Corbyn's election as leader would leave the party unelectable.

William Jennings Bryan carried on the shoulders of delegates after giving the speech

Cross of Gold speech

Delivered by William Jennings Bryan, a former United States Representative from Nebraska, at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago on July 9, 1896.

Delivered by William Jennings Bryan, a former United States Representative from Nebraska, at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago on July 9, 1896.

William Jennings Bryan carried on the shoulders of delegates after giving the speech
Congressman Richard P. Bland
The Chicago Coliseum
Former Iowa Governor Horace Boies was a major contender for the Democratic nomination for president in 1896.
In a 1900 engraving, former Massachusetts Governor William E. Russell is shown preceding Bryan in addressing the convention.
The 1896 Democratic National Convention
Judge magazine criticized Bryan for sacrilege in his speech. He is shown with crown and cross, but trampling the Bible.
Bryan campaigning on stage a few months after the speech
A "Bryan dollar" issued by his opponents to illustrate the difference between the size of a silver dollar and the amount of bullion that could be purchased with a dollar.

Bryan had been a dark horse candidate with little support in the convention.

Nominees
Harding and Coolidge

1920 Republican National Convention

The 1920 Republican National Convention nominated Ohio Senator Warren G. Harding for president and Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge for vice president.

The 1920 Republican National Convention nominated Ohio Senator Warren G. Harding for president and Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge for vice president.

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Harding and Coolidge
Inside the convention hall
Delegates gathered on the convention floor
After being nominated, Harding delivers an acceptance speech from the front porch of his home
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Dark horse Harding, however, was nominated.

Fujimori in October 1998

Alberto Fujimori

Peruvian statesman, professor and former engineer who led the nation as the President of Peru from 28 July 1990 until his downfall on 22 November 2000.

Peruvian statesman, professor and former engineer who led the nation as the President of Peru from 28 July 1990 until his downfall on 22 November 2000.

Fujimori in October 1998
Areas where Shining Path was active in Peru.

Fujimori won the 1990 presidential election as a dark horse candidate under the banner of Cambio 90 ("cambio" means "change") defeating world-renowned writer Mario Vargas Llosa in a surprising upset.

Portrait by Mathew Brady, c. undefined 1855–1865

Franklin Pierce

The 14th president of the United States serving from 1853 to 1857.

The 14th president of the United States serving from 1853 to 1857.

Portrait by Mathew Brady, c. undefined 1855–1865
The Franklin Pierce Homestead in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, where Pierce grew up, is now a National Historic Landmark. He was born in a nearby log cabin as the homestead was being completed.
Novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, a lifelong friend of Pierce, wrote the biography The Life of Franklin Pierce in support of Pierce's 1852 presidential campaign.
Pious and reserved, Jane Pierce was her husband's opposite in many ways.
Pierce in 1852
The Concord, New Hampshire house where Pierce lived from 1842 to 1848 is now known as the Pierce Manse. The house was restored in the 1970s and is now maintained as a historic attraction.
Pierce in his brigadier general's uniform
Pierce's brief term as a general in the Mexican–American War boosted his public image.
By the 1850s, Pierce had become a de facto leader of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
Campaign poster for the Pierce/King ticket
This anti-Pierce political cartoon depicts him as weak and cowardly.
Electoral map of the 1852 presidential election
Jane Pierce and "Benny", whose death cast a shadow over Pierce's term in office
Vice President William R. King died a little more than one month into his term, leaving a vacancy that could not be filled.
Indian Peace Medal depicting Pierce
The Kansas–Nebraska Act organized Kansas (in pink) and Nebraska Territory (yellow).
Northerners resented Pierce's attempted expansion of slavery through Kansas–Nebraska and Cuba. In this 1856 cartoon, a Free Soiler is held down by Pierce, Buchanan, and Cass while Douglas shoves "Slavery" (depicted as a black man) down his throat.
Partisan violence spilled into Congress in May 1856 when Free Soil Senator Charles Sumner was assaulted with a walking cane by Democratic Rep. Preston Brooks in the Senate chamber.
Portrait by George Peter Alexander Healy. Pierce, seen here in 1858, remained a vocal political figure after his presidency.

Democratic James K. Polk's dark horse victory in the 1844 presidential election was welcome news to Pierce, who had befriended the former Speaker of the House while both served in Congress.