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General contributions after a primary loss

July 2, 2018

A candidate is entitled to an election limit only if he or she seeks office in that election. Thus, a candidate who loses in the primary (or otherwise does not participate in the general election) does not have a separate limit for the general. 

If your campaign accepted contributions designated for the general election before the primary, and the candidate will not participate in the general election, then the campaign committee must refund, redesignate or reattribute the general election contributions within 60 days of the primary or the date that the candidate publicly withdrew from the primary race.

For examples of how to report refunded, redesignated or reattributed contributions, please visit our reporting examples webpage at www.fec.gov/candidate-reporting-examples