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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The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican nominee Al Redmer Jr. in the fall general election. Pamela Wood,, "Baltimore County election recount continues Saturday," 14 July 2018 The winner of the Aug. 14 primary will face one of five Republicans in the general election — an open-seat race since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is not seeking re-election. Neil Vigdor,, "Rival Democrats Ned Lamont And Joe Ganim Exchange Barbs In Raucous Debate," 12 July 2018 But while party activists — the types who participate in primary campaigns — may be energized, the worry is that the rank-and-file and average voters who may decide a general election could be exhausted. Annie Linskey,, "Democrats worry their voters are more exhausted than outraged by Trump," 12 July 2018 Thus, neither a leadership change for the Tories nor a new general election would necessarily solve the problem. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "The Brexit Crisis Finally Engulfs the Party That Started It," 11 July 2018 Primaries have yet to take place in over 20 states before the general elections for the House and Senate on Nov. 6. Kristine Guillaume, CBS News, "Obama stars in promo for Eric Holder's anti-gerrymandering group," 11 July 2018 The numbers are for both the primaries and general election. Mark Murray, NBC News, "Here are the top midterm ad markets and most expensive races," 11 July 2018 After community members, including the Chamber, balked at the figure, IPS backed off and eventually decided to pull the referendum from the May ballot and wait until November's general election to take the question of a tax hike to voters. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Chamber calls for nearly $500M in IPS cuts in exchange for support of $100M tax hike," 11 July 2018 The prime minister was already in a weakened state after losing her parliamentary majority in last year’s general election. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Resignations Over May’s Brexit Plan Throw U.K. Government Into Turmoil," 9 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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