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.
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How to use general election in a sentence
Jackson went on to lose the general election to Northam, who won the governorship four years later.Businessman Pete Snyder joins race for Virginia governor | Laura Vozzella | January 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Not only has it grown by leaps and bounds since the 1980s, but it’s tied into everything else — race, inequality and even who you get a chance to vote for in a general election.
In his previous role as California’s secretary of state, Padilla successfully oversaw the recent general election and the massive uptick in mail-in voting due to the pandemic.Alex Padilla is sworn in as California’s first Latino senator | Li Zhou | January 20, 2021 | Vox
Nixon’s reward was an outpouring of right-wing support for his opponent in the Republican primary and anemic support from the right in the general election, which Nixon lost.Long before QAnon, Ronald Reagan and the GOP purged John Birch extremists from the party | Erick Trickey | January 15, 2021 | Washington Post
Case, who is retired, says she has worked every primary and general election for the past 12 years.More than 1,000 D.C. poll workers are waiting to be paid, 10 weeks after the election | Michael Brice-Saddler | January 15, 2021 | Washington Post
This would be an obvious problem in a general election, but I think even in a primary.
Nearly two years out, the battle lines of the 2016 general election are slowly starting to taking shape.
Nine incumbents lost in the general election, while three lost in their primaries.
The Hillary/Obama race seemed almost general election-like in the way that it captivated the attention of the nation.
Then, a Perry campaign has to prevail in the general election.
The anarchy lasted, with some short intervals of composedness, till the general election of 1765.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
The tumult and license which usually characterise a general election were more than ordinarily rampant and intolerant.
During this session, as usual after a general election, the house had to deal with a considerable number of election petitions.
He demanded that the inquiry should be extensive and searching, comprehending the whole of the late general election.
While Mr. Bradlaugh was lecturing in the States a general election took place in England.Reminiscences of Charles Bradlaugh | George W. Foote
British Dictionary definitions for 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 and 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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