- 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.
Origin of general election
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|Stuart Stevens|November 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Jamelle Bouie|October 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Tomasky|August 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The truth is that journalists switched to general-election mode even while the primaries were still competitive.
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|Howard Kurtz|April 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST