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

Examples of general election in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both candidates will appear on the November ballot for the general election, where voters will also be tasked with deciding on a number of other races, including governor, Senate and House seats. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, 8 June 2022 After a week and a half of early voting, San Diegans today have their last chance to cast ballots in the 2022 primary election, which will decide the run-off candidates for this year’s general election. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 June 2022 The special election — with its June 11 primary voting deadline and Aug. 16 general election — will determine who will carry out the final four months of the term previously held by Rep. Don Young, who died unexpectedly in March. Iris Samuels, Anchorage Daily News, 3 June 2022 Looming changes to electoral boundaries are likely to favor the Conservatives in the next general election, which must take place by the end of 2024 but that many expect next year. New York Times, 29 May 2022 For 2022, the maximum an individual donor can give to a candidate running for office is $2,900 per candidate, per election, which often translates to one donor giving a candidate $5,800, or $2,900 each for the party primary and general election. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, 19 May 2022 Budd will face off against Democratic nominee and former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley in a November general election, which could help determine which party controls the Senate for two years. Joe Walsh, Forbes, 17 May 2022 The general election there, later this year, could help decide the balance of power in Congress. Libby Cathey, ABC News, 17 May 2022 The candidates' support of the pledge could be a sign Republicans will wage a similar campaign during the Pennsylvania Senate general election, which begins in a week after the state's May 17 primary. Tyler Olson, Fox News, 11 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of general election

1640, in the meaning defined above

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