in the running

in the running  {adj.} or  {adv. phr.}
Having a chance to win; not to be counted out; among those who might win.
At the beginning of the last lap of the race, only two horses were still in the running.
A month before Joyce married Hal, three of Joyce's boyfriends seemed to be still in the running.
Al was in the running for the trophy until the last hole of the golf tournament.
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