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general election

U.S. Politics.
  1. a regularly scheduled local, state, or national election in which voters elect officeholders.
    Compare primary (def 15).
  2. a state or national election, as opposed to a local election.
British. an election, which must be held at any time within five years of the last election, in which constituents elect members of the House of Commons.
Compare by-election.
Origin of general election
1710-20, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It would explain how he managed to endure the grueling primary and general election campaigns last year without getting ruffled.
  • During the primary and general election they were full speed ahead with any reservations whatsoever.
  • Primaries allow the extremes to typically control who each party offer up for general election.
  • They have votes in the conventions, but not the general election.
  • There were a couple of other candidates who were really good and would have been a lock in the general election.
  • Perry's fusillades against the program have long been seen as a potentially huge liability in a general election.
  • They don't seem to realize that if he wins the nod their movement is doomed, regardless of how the general election goes.
  • These trends could change the trajectory of the general election.
  • It may not make any difference in the general election.
  • The early-state polls also show each is setting up to be a battleground in the general election.
British Dictionary definitions for general election

general election

an election in which representatives are chosen in all constituencies of a state
(US) a final election from which successful candidates are sent to a legislative body Compare primary
(US & Canadian) (in the US) a national or state election or (in Canada) a federal or provincial election in contrast to a local election
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