Capitalization

Q. Is elect capitalized in president-elect (in running text, when preceding the person’s name)? That is, should one write “President-Elect Donald Trump” or “President-elect Donald Trump”?

A. Since Chicago style lowercases “president Barack Obama,” we would also lowercase “president-elect Donald Trump.” When the title is used as an honorific (in place of Mr. with a surname), however, we would uppercase: “President Obama” and “President-Elect Trump.”