un·​elect·​able | \ ˌən-i-ˈlek-tə-bəl How to pronounce unelectable (audio) \

Definition of unelectable

: not capable of being elected : not electable a candidate regarded by many as unelectable

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These people say the most unelectable candidates in this region are the ones who backed economic proposals that hurt its voters, a framework that would explain Mrs. Clinton’s struggles, but also includes Mr. Biden. New York Times, "Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders: Two Liberals Aiming for the Same Target," 5 June 2019 However, opponents argue that Bryce's rap sheet makes him unreliable and unelectable. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Dems nominate union leader 'Iron Stache' Randy Bryce, despite DUI arrest and child support delinquency, to replace Paul Ryan," 14 Aug. 2018 Her defeat was a relief to national Democrats who saw Moser's liberal campaign as an unelectable drag on their chances of retaking control of the House. Fox News, "Texas liberal candidate bashed by national Democrats loses," 23 May 2018 The success of very liberal candidates in primaries across four states is causing a new bout of heartburn among party strategists in Washington, who worry about unelectable activists thwarting their drive for the House majority. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: The far left is winning the Democratic civil war," 16 May 2018 Yet Trump’s own success in winning the presidency serves as an effective counterargument that in today’s political climate, practically no one is unelectable. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "How the Republican Party Eats Itself, But Stays Alive," 8 May 2018 Republicans, meanwhile, are increasingly worried they may be saddled with an unelectable nominee in West Virginia. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Mike Pompeo’s excellent adventure, Tammy Duckworth’s baby, and more.," 20 Apr. 2018 Party aides say the comments would be used by Republicans to make Moser unelectable in the 7th Congressional District, but their intervention has miffed Texas Democrats, including some of her opponents. Washington Post, "Things to know from Tuesday’s Texas primaries," 6 Mar. 2018 But the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has branded liberal activist Laura Moser unelectable, prompting a backlash here that has consumed the final week of the contest. David Weigel, chicagotribune.com, "Texas kicks off crowded Democratic primary with enthusiasm, meddling," 6 Mar. 2018

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1932, in the meaning defined above

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