partisan contest

See: primary
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But in most legislative districts, and in most partisan contests for local offices, there will be no IPO candidate.
He noted in the Chicago area voluntary bars join together to evaluate judges (who are initially elected in partisan contests and then stand for merit retention), but in the past 14 years, no judge with an unfavorable rating has been defeated in Cook County, although one recently lost in a downstate election.
Lunch predicted a retro campaign, with the candidates returning to the class differences on fiscal and economic issues that used to dominate partisan contests before social issues such as abortion and gay rights surfaced.