elec·tor·al | \i-ˈlek-t(ə-)rəl, 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, ˌē-lek-ˈtȯr-ə-lē \ adverb

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Even with the strong pressure for party loyalty, senators also respond to constituent opinion, particularly the president’s political standing in each senator’s state, and the senator’s own electoral calendar. Michele L. Swers, Washington Post, "Will Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski support Trump’s Supreme Court nominee? Here’s what history tells us.," 6 July 2018 In a curious quirk of Brazil's electoral calendar, Latin America's largest economy has gone to the polls shortly after the World Cup for the past 28 years. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg’s Week in Pictures," 14 June 2018 The prevailing strength of the status quo challenges populist leaders’ chance to transform their electoral success into the kind of political influence that can deliver on their promises. Renad Mansour, Washington Post, "An emerging populism is sweeping the Middle East," 11 July 2018 López Obrador only has one prior electoral victory. Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "Andrés Manuel López Obrador wins Mexican presidential race," 2 July 2018 On Saturday, Trump offered what sounded like hearty congratulations to Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, whose Fidesz party won a a sweeping electoral victory in April. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Congratulates Hungarian Quasi-Dictator on Election Victory," 16 June 2018 That's does translate into widespread electoral success in this country. Fox News, "Former Miss America on pageant dropping swimsuit competition," 6 June 2018 While some in the GOP and big business wrongfully thought that open borders and amnesty would be the path to electoral victory, Rohrabacher stood firmly opposed. Dale Neugebauer And Four Others, latimes.com, "The Dana Rohrabacher we know remains unchanged," 30 May 2018 Democrats need a net gain of two seats in November to take control of the Senate; the electoral map favors Republicans. Andrew Seidman, Philly.com, "Justice Kennedy's retirement jolts midterm elections," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of electoral

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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the Electoral College

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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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