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.

    ‘our work now is to engage these people and encourage them to get involved in our 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.’