- a choice or selection made beforehand.
- coming before an election: preelection promises.
Origin of preelection
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Examples from the Web for pre-election
It was a dramatic shift from pre-election polling, which had McAuliffe up by seven points for most of the last week.How High Black Turnout Gave Terry McAuliffe His Win in Virginia
November 6, 2013
While there is no evidence that Sharpton participated in any of these pre-election activities, he was a leader in the Beatty army.Al Sharpton’s Past Ties to Vote Fraud Taint His Fulminating
December 10, 2011
Both accepted that Obama faced a political imperative, in this pre-election year, to announce a sizable pullout of U.S. troops.The Politics Behind Obama’s Decision
June 23, 2011
Second, despite some pre-election hype, New York's 26th isn't one of the most Republican districts in the country.Premature Celebration Follows Democratic Victory in New York State
May 25, 2011
Jon Stewart hosting a pre-election “ Rally to Restore Sanity” on the Washington Mall.The Comedian Political Takeover
September 25, 2010
For her these pre-election days were discouraging and frustrating.Susan B. Anthony
All were inexperienced and the society did not flourish and although 1900 was election year no pre-election pledges were obtained.
At any rate, Hindoo is a man who has mastered the pre-election style of the President.Pieces of Hate
- existing or occurring before an election
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Word Origin and History for pre-election
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