- 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.
Origin of general election
An Americanism dating back to 1710–20
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Examples from the Web for general election
Mitt Romney began the campaign behind Barack Obama and never moved ahead during the general-election campaign.The Anti-‘Game Change’: ‘The Gamble’ Shows How Obama Really Won
November 8, 2013
To wit, Mitt Romney kicked off his general-election campaign with an ad that detailed his plans for day one of his administration.Jim DeMint’s New Obamacare Attack: It Wasn’t Approved
October 18, 2013
Just let the nominee give a big speech somewhere and accept the nomination to release the general-election funds, and go home.Quasi-Random Responses to Comments from the Previous Thread
August 29, 2012
The truth is that journalists switched to general-election mode even while the primaries were still competitive.The Great Primary Pretense
April 25, 2012
But as he makes the pivot to general-election nominee, Romney remains a remote figure to most of those who are covering him.How Mitt Romney Beats the Press, Avoiding Most National Interviews
April 20, 2012
- 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 bodyCompare 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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