Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In France, a second ballot taken after an indecisive first ballot to decide between two or several candidates; a runoff election.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The French custom of casting a second ballot to elect one of two candidates who have come nearest to a legal majority.

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Examples

  • Although Shields was not strong enough, a substitute in Governor Mattheson, "a dark horse," uncommitted to either side, came within an ace of election in the ballotage.

    The Lincoln Story Book

  • Although Shields was not strong enough, a substitute in Governor Mattheson, “a dark horse,” uncommitted to either side, came within an ace of election in the ballotage.

    The Lincoln Story Book

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