Definition of down-ballot in English:

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down-ballot

Entry from US English dictionary

adjective

US
1Denoting a contest for a political office that appears in a relatively low position on the electoral ballot, which typically lists contested offices in descending order from national to local: Republicans were looking to refocus their efforts on a slate of down-ballot campaigns
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  • The problem smaller down-ballot campaigns face with mail should simply be quantity.
  • Even candidates in down-ballot races have become caught up in the money chase.
  • If you look out on November 4, the Democrats here were able to pick up some down-ballot races all across the state.
1.1Relating to a down-ballot electoral contest: down-ballot candidates are not well known by the electorate
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  • Big name figures often build campaign chits to cash in during future elections by helping down-ballot candidates raise money.
  • All three states have endured turmoil at the top of their party structures, as scandals and power struggles have left efforts to build voter lists and recruit down-ballot candidates untended.
  • A weak gubernatorial candidate inevitably erodes support for down-ballot candidates, something no legislative candidate can ignore.

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Syllabification: down-bal·lot

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