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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Recent Examples on the Web But Norman's also one of five candidates – all Democrats – competing for three open seats on Tempe City Council in the March 10 general election. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Tempe rocker Marc Norman is running for office. But don't expect him to quit his night job," 14 Feb. 2020 In December, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose referred 18 voters to prosecutors for allegedly voting twice in the 2018 general election. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "GOP accuses Democratic congressional candidate of illegally voting in two states," 13 Feb. 2020 The winner will face Democrat Doug Jones during the general election on Nov. 3. al, "Tuberville addresses Trump criticism; battling Bradley Byrne for runoff spot," 13 Feb. 2020 Their eyes are instead on President Trump and the general election. TheWeek, "The Bloomberg campaign is setting up shop in New Hampshire now that the primary is over," 12 Feb. 2020 In New Hampshire alone, over 4,400 wrote in Senator Bernie Sanders' name during the general election. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "What to know about the 2020 New Hampshire primary," 11 Feb. 2020 Learn to register and vote in Wisconsin in 60 seconds Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Feb. 18 will see voters heading to the polls to narrow the fields for a variety of races in the April 7 general election. Debi Eimer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's what you need to know as you head to the polls for the Feb. 18 primary," 11 Feb. 2020 One was the actual referendum in 2016, and the other was last December’s general election, in which Boris Johnson won a landslide mandate to bring in Brexit. John Fund, National Review, "Brexit Supporters Say ‘Free at Last’ as Britain Leaves the EU," 2 Feb. 2020 That will be activated, and the promise has been made that it will be completed by 2024, which is the next general election. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "India’s Citizenship Emergency," 18 Dec. 2019

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1640, in the meaning defined above

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“General election.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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

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: 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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