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Senator Barack Obama was hoping to repeat his showing in other Southern states, which he has carried by double-digit margins. Above, voters in Meridian, Miss.
court (TRY TO GET) Show phonetics
to try to get something, especially attention or support from other people:
She courts publicity by inviting journalists to extravagant parties.
showing Show phonetics
noun [C usually singular]
the quality of someone's performance in a competitive activity:
She managed a good/strong showing in the world championship, but was knocked out in the semi-final.
She had a dismal showing in the opinion polls.
margin (DIFFERENCE) Show phonetics
the amount by which one thing is different from another:
The Senate approved the use of military force by a margin of 52 votes to 47.
The poll shows that the government is leading by the narrowest of margins.
(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)