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down-ballot Syllabification: down-bal·lot

Definition of down-ballot in English:


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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  • Down-ballot Hamilton County elections include six state House races and a tense battle for a newly redistricted state Senate seat held by Democrats since 1976.
  • Perhaps the most persistently testy down-ballot contest in the country has been in Massachusetts.
  • The attorney's challenge is to persuade voters who habitually vote Democratic to vote for a third-party candidate in a low-profile, down-ballot contest.
1.1Of or relating to a down-ballot electoral contest: down-ballot candidates are not well known by the electorate
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  • The Virginia attorney general's race is a reminder of why down-ballot wins have massive impact.
  • Their relatively modest leads provide little help to down-ballot allies.
  • The down-ballot consequences were dramatic, not only taking down Republican Senate candidates but also flipping legislative chambers in Minnesota, Maine and Colorado back to the Democrats.

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