As a follow up to Why do primaries contestants (usually) announce that they are "suspending" their campaign when they exit it? - are there examples of politicians initially "suspending" their campaign, but later "unfreezing" it and proceeding to win the election? John McCain famously suspended his campaign for two days in 2008, but he went on to lose to Obama in the subsequent election.

For the purposes of this question, both primaries and regular elections count. So a candidate "suspending" their primary campaign and later becoming the party's nominee would also count.

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    I assumed you meant US elections. "Suspending" is mostly a US convention in this regard.
    – Machavity
    Mar 3, 2020 at 18:52

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When Reagan died in June 2004, Kerry and Bush suspended their campaigns. Both won their respective primary elections and George W Bush ended up re-elected.

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    Please try to add references to support your answer.
    – JJJ
    Mar 3, 2020 at 19:31

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