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A parachute candidate, also known as a “carpetbagger” in the United States, is a pejorative term for an election candidate who does not live in and has little connection to the area he or she is running to represent. The allegation is thus that the candidate is being “parachuted in” for the job by a desperate political party that has no reliable talent indigenous to the district or state or that the party (or the candidate himself/herself) wishes to give a candidate an easier election than would happen in one's own home area.
- Former U.S. Senator Scott Brown ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for U.S. Senate in 2014 in New Hampshire, despite having previously represented the more liberal Massachusetts in the Senate as recently as 2 years prior.
- Former First Lady of Arkansas Hillary Clinton ran successfully for U.S. Senate in New York in 2000 as a Democrat.
- Former Reagan administration diplomat Alan Keyes, a resident of Maryland, ran unsuccessfully as a Republican during the 2004 Illinois U.S. Senate election.
- Former Maryland State Senator Alex Mooney ran successfully in 2014 as a Republican to represent West Virginia's 2nd congressional district, a safe seat, in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Chrystia Freeland faced allegations of being parachuted in by the Liberal Party to contest a 2013 by-election in safe seat Toronto Centre, given she was living in New York City at the time, which she ultimately won.
- The New Democratic Party nominated Phyllis Artis of St. Johns for Labrador, who unsuccessfully contested the seat in 2008.
- Douglas Carswell MP defected to the UK Independence Party, in turn displacing the existing UKIP candidate in his constituency of Clacton. Given Carswell was living in London at the time, he was accused carpetbagging by the former UKIP candidate.
- "NDP criticized for running parachute candidate in Labrador". CBC News. 19 September 2008. Retrieved 24 Feb 2015.
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