general election


Definition of general election

: an election usually held at regular intervals in which candidates are elected in all or most constituencies of a nation or state

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Next year will also see statewide primaries in May and a general election in November., "Pre-paid Oregon ballots one step closer to becoming law," 19 June 2019 Her successor will be chosen, not in a general election, but by 160,000 or so dues-paying Conservative Party members, in a nation of 66 million. Washington Post, "Boris Johnson blew off a debate for British prime minister candidates. But the empty chair said a lot.," 17 June 2019 There’s been some reporting that Donald Trump has privately expressed worries about facing Joe Biden in a general election. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Joe Biden Bets on Being the Anti-Trump Candidate," 12 June 2019 The mettle would matter to Democrats in the primary and the moderateness to swing voters in a general election. NBC News, "Biden's authenticity at risk in abortion flap," 7 June 2019 San Antonio is considered an oddity because runoffs occasionally garner more votes than a general election. Dylan Mcguinness,, "High turnout marks early voting in San Antonio’s municipal runoffs," 5 June 2019 But this was a prime minister who, more than any other, had circumscribed herself, by having quite unnecessarily called, and effectively lost, a general election she had confidently expected to win convincingly. Martin Farr, Quartz, "Donald Trump’s state visit is a sorry sign of the times for the UK," 4 June 2019 The letter, signed by 170 members of the prime minister’s party, called on May to bring her deal back to Parliament for a fourth vote, with the threat of a general election if it is rejected again, the newspaper said. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Britain faces calls for unity govt amid Brexit impasse," 31 Mar. 2019 Previously, my only field experience came from being a supervolunteer for a general election last year. Katie Turner, Teen Vogue, "Being a Field Director, Explained," 20 July 2018

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1640, in the meaning defined above

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: a regular election that involves voters and candidates throughout an entire country

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Legal Definition of general election

: an election usually held at regular intervals in which candidates are elected in all or most constituencies of a nation or state

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