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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Kaegi faces Republican Joseph Paglia, who has yet to report formation of a campaign committee, in the November general election. Hal Dardick,, "Berrios' analysts used Zillow, other shortcuts in assessing property values, documents show," 13 July 2018 Baker lost the election to former NAACP president Ben Jealous, who will face Gov. Larry Hogan (R) in the November general election. Donna St. George, Washington Post, "Maryland schools CEO handed six-figure severance payout," 12 July 2018 Walsh will face Republican Raj Kathuria in the November general election for the seat that represents Ellicott City. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "Howard County Council incumbent ousted in primary by two votes," 6 July 2018 Their successors will be chosen by voters in the August primary and, if necessary, the November general election. Rafael Olmeda,, "Thirteen Broward judges leaving the bench in 2018," 6 July 2018 Each initiative must also have received at least 56,192 signatures overall — 6 percent of the people who could participate in the November 2016 general election. Nate Poppino, idahostatesman, "Medicaid supporters submit their signatures - and wait to hear if we'll vote this fall," 6 July 2018 Johnson is the party’s nominee for the District A County Council seat in the November general election. Staff Report, The Aegis, "Harford central committees will have new, several old faces," 2 July 2018 With the November general election a little more than four months away, more than half the states will have selected their candidates after the day’s final votes are counted. Time, "Henry McMaster, Backed by President Trump, Wins South Carolina Governor Primary," 28 June 2018 Democrat Katie Porter, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), edged out fellow UCI law professor Dave Min for the right to challenge incumbent Republican Mimi Walters in the November general election. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Science candidates: High-tech smarts aren’t enough for defeated Obama aide," 28 June 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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