general election

noun

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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And because of the open primary system, California Republicans were unable to field a Senate candidate in the general election in 2018. Tara Golshan, Vox, "How Kevin McCarthy led California Republicans astray," 30 Nov. 2018 Neither candidate has aired statewide television ads in the general election. Kathleen Ronayne, The Seattle Times, "Feinstein and rival de Leon, both Democrats, set to debate," 16 Oct. 2018 But in today’s announcement, the Silicon Valley giant plans to push further, banning posts that advertise false voting methods, like sending a text to vote, or posts claiming primary votes will be counted in the general election. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Facebook is banning voting misinformation ahead of US midterms," 15 Oct. 2018 Republican Primary winner Mike Braun and Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly are facing off in the general election in November. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "U.S. Senate candidates in Indiana agree to 2 televised debates," 9 July 2018 In addition to their candidacies, six other Democrats will compete for the nomination to represent their party against incumbent Larry Hogan in the general election in November. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "These Democratic Candidates Are Trolling Trump in Their TV Ads," 22 June 2018 Boyd also ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for a southeast Missouri House of Representatives seat, losing in the general election in 2012 and in the primary in 2014. kansascity, "In memoriam through June 15: Civil rights activist Dorothy Cotton, Neal Boyd of ‘AGT’," 15 June 2018 Boyd also ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for a southeast Missouri House of Representatives seat, losing in the general election in 2012 and in the primary in 2014. chicagotribune.com, "Neal Boyd, one-Time 'America's Got Talent' winner, dies," 11 June 2018 The response from creditors is a fillip to the government of left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras which is trailing rival conservatives in opinion polls ahead of a general election next year. Raf Casert, The Seattle Times, "Greece: Creditors approve U-turn on pension cuts," 21 Nov. 2018

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1640, in the meaning defined above

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general election

noun

English Language Learners Definition of general election

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

general election

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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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