Of or relating to the election of candidates to local or state offices, relative to federal elections that are being contested at the same time: down-ballot races.

[From the typical practice of listing names of candidates for local positions below the names of candidates for federal positions on ballots.]
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He became only the second two-term Republican governor in state history and did so in a "blue wave" year that saw the defeat of many down-ballot Republicans in the General Assembly and at the county government level.
20, 2017 with a simple premise: help young diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races in order to build a bench for the future.
That wasn't the worst of it: The Texas GOP lost two seats in the congressional delegation, a net of one seat in the state Senate (though two Republican senators lost re-election on Election Day), a dozen seats in the Texas House and various down-ballot contests for state appellate courts, county judgeships and other local offices.
And Democrats will pick up a few governors, a slew of state legislative seats and some state legislative chambers, and some other down-ballot positions.
Late Tuesday, Haase said it proved difficult to get his message out to a critical mass of voters, and he found many were uninterested in the down-ballot race.
OKLAHOMA CITY Republicans swept down-ballot statewide offices in Oklahoma Tuesday, coming as no surprise.
The down-ballot leadership races among Republicans aren't competitive at all: Sen.
The PRI, which dominated Mexican politics for nearly the entire 20th century and recaptured the presidency in 2012, was set to suffer heavy losses not just for the presidency but in down-ballot races as well.
In Virginia, Democrats were quick to boast of a "reverse coattails" effect, in which the glut of down-ballot candidates actually boosted the party's performance at the top of the ticket.
Obama-to-Trump voters diverge from the Democratic Party on many core issues, and in any case they are not particularly loyal Democrats: Less than one third of Obama-to-Trump voters supported Democrats down-ballot in 2016, and only 37 per cent identify as Democrats.
Translation: No Trump and down-ballot dollars dinged Beasley in markets such as Tampa, Las Vegas and Charlotte.
Lost in the shadow of the blustering 2016 presidential campaign and the controversies it's brought to the nation's discourse are hundreds of down-ballot races and contests.