general election

U.S. politics.
a regularly scheduled local, state, or national election in which voters elect officeholders. Compare primary ( def 15 ).
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.

1710–20, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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general election
1.  an election in which representatives are chosen in all constituencies of a state
2.  (US) Compare primary a final election from which successful candidates are sent to a legislative body
3.  (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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Example sentences
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.
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