Definition of down-ballot in English:



  • 1US Denoting 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The presidential election may be the most important this year, but there will be more than a few hot, competitive down-ballot races that could be even more interesting.’
    • ‘Some party activists believe their recruiting for state Senate, House of Delegates and other down-ballot races is going well.’
    • ‘Virginia, long a two-party state in down-ballot races, had not sided with Democrats on the presidency since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.’
    • ‘Research suggests ads matter more in down-ballot races for obscure offices, where voters have less information to work with.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1Relating to a down-ballot electoral contest.
      ‘down-ballot candidates are not well known by the electorate’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There's concern she might even lose by a double-digit percentage, putting at risk down-ballot Democratic legislators up for reelection.’
      • ‘If past trends hold, it would indicate that down ballot Democratic prospects in the upcoming election have significantly improved since 2010.’
      • ‘Down-ballot Republican candidates are distancing themselves from his proposals.’
      • ‘The Virginia attorney general's race is a reminder of why down-ballot wins have massive impact.’