elec·​tor·​al | \ i-ˈlek-t(ə-)rəl How to pronounce electoral (audio) , ˌē-lek-ˈtȯr-əl\

Definition of electoral

1 : of or relating to an elector the electoral vote
2 : of or relating to election an electoral system

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electorally \ i-​ˈlek-​t(ə-​)rə-​lē How to pronounce electorally (audio) , ˌē-​lek-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce electorally (audio) \ adverb

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That would give the Democrat 278 electoral votes — a few more than the 270 needed — even if Trump won large swing states like Ohio and Florida. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "The case for — and against — Trump’s path to reelection victory," 18 June 2019 More: Bernie Sanders: Walmart resistance to raising minimum wage is 'grotesque,' slams Walton family The new poll comes as Trump is looking to expand the electoral map during his 2020 re-election campaign. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Poll shows tight Trump-Biden matchup in Texas," 5 June 2019 With a number of high-profile corruption scandals implicating House Republicans unfolding in the final months of the election year, Democrats are banking on this message to bring them sweeping electoral wins once again. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The 4 Republican scandals that could tip the 2018 midterms, explained," 5 Nov. 2018 Victory in war doesn’t necessarily translate into an electoral win for Mr. Abadi, whose coalition faced off against more than a dozen others, including four from his own Shiite constituency. WSJ, "Low Turnout Reported in Iraqi Election as U.S. and Iran Vie for Influence," 12 May 2018 In a press conference Monday morning, election observers said candidates lacked equal opportunities, media coverage was skewed, and changes to the electoral law were problematic. Amanda Sloat, Time, "Why Turkey's Election Result Matters to America," 25 June 2018 The immediate goal of an iffy Census is political, as my colleague Margaret Hartmann made clear: Undercounting immigrants and urban populations will give Republicans an edge in apportioning representatives and drawing electoral districts. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "New York City’s Demographer-in-Chief Is Worried About the 2020 Census," 27 Mar. 2018 Last year, proponents of limiting partisan politics in the creation of electoral districts needed to win over Justice Anthony Kennedy. Gary D. Robertson, The Seattle Times, "A more skeptical Supreme Court to hear redistricting challenge," 25 Mar. 2019 The decisions will come at an important time on the political calendar because the coming 2020 census will trigger new line-drawing for federal, state and local electoral districts nationwide. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Again to Consider Partisan Gerrymandering," 4 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of electoral

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of electoral

: of or relating to an election or to the process by which people are elected

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