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A lame duck is an elected official who who not be in office during the next legislative session. He/She is in his last year of his term of office and will not be in office during the next legislative session due to term limits, not running for re-election, or not being re-elected.
President McDonnell was heading into his last legislative session knowing that he would not have the same influence as he had in previous sessions as he was now a lame duck.
See: Lame Duck Session
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