MEANING: noun:
1. The treating of a contest, especially an election, as if a sport, focusing on polls, perceptions, etc., instead of substantive issues, such as policies.
2. A close contest.

ETYMOLOGY: From horse, from Old English hors + race, from Old Norse (ras). Earliest documented use: 1586.

MORSE RACE - contest to see who has the fastest "fist"

HOARSER ACE - the stunt pilot had a raspier voice after all that shouting (and smoking)

HER SERA, C.E. - she sells immunization supplies in the European Common Union