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AP-MS--Mississippi General Election Runoff Testing,ADVISORY, MS

November 24, 2018

EDITORS:

NEWS DIRECTORS:

NOT FOR BROADCAST, PUBLICATION OR USE ONLINE

The MISSISSIPPI general election runoff is Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

Poll Close: 8:00 p.m. EST

First Results Expected: 8:30 p.m. EST

ELECTION PROFILE:

U.S. Senate Special Runoff to fill the remainder of Thad Cochran’s term, Court of Appeals District 2, Position 1; Court of Appeals District 4, Position 2; State House 31 and 85.

NATIONAL ELECTION REPORTS:

The 11/6 U.S. Senate national trend report will be updated after the MS U.S. Senate race is called in the 11/27 MS runoff.

Where to find NATIONAL ELECTION REPORTS (Governors/U.S. Senate/U.S. House - All 50 States (and DC)): Premium NATIONAL election customers - On the AP Elections FTP Server, electionsonline.ap.org:

- /Trend - U.S. Senate trend report

Premium STATE election customers - On the AP Elections FTP server, electionsonline.ap.org:

- /Trend - U.S. Senate trend report

Premium state election customers AND non-premium AP customers - In AP Newsroom/AP Webfeeds:

For state-level (no county) vote reports for Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House:

- US-Senate-Sum - balance of power/national trend for US Senate (non-premium AP customers only)

For assistance in setting up an AP Webfeed for the national election reports, please contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

CONTACTS - ELECTION REPORTS:

Direct any questions about election reports, testing, or delivery to AP Elections services to AP Customer Support at 877-836-9477; apcustomersupport@ap.org.

Documentation for the AP Elections services is available at http://aphelp.ap.org.

Direct questions about news and photo coverage to News Editor Jim Van Anglen, phone 334-262-5947; email jvananglen@ap.org.

CONTACTS - SERVICE CHANGES:

Members and customers interested in premium election services should contact Sales Planning Manager Tara Mahoney, phone 212-621-1759, email tmahoney@ap.org.

TESTING INORMATION:

The 2018 General Election Runoff testing begins on Nov. 19.

(asterisk) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 20, 21 - 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET

(asterisk) Monday, Nov. 26 - 12:00. - 1 p.m. ET - LAST ELECTION TEST

LAST ELECTION TEST - No winners will be called during the last election test.

This advisory will be updated throughout the testing period. Zeros will be transmitted after testing on the eve of the election.

Race calls: AP will make race calls on election night unless a race is too close to call. Race calls will be made during testing, except on the day of the final test.

Uncontested races: There are no uncontested races for this election.

Winners: AP will move a list of unofficial winners at the end of tabulation and during each test, except on the final day of testing. A list of winners, MS-Winners will move to premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/MS/anpa/.

End of tabulation: AP will advise when its election night tabulation of results has concluded, generally before 6 p.m. the day after the election.

TESTING BASICS:

Test results are created electronically to test the accuracy of the election night reporting system and do not reflect an expectation of election results. They should not be broadcast, published, replicated or posted on websites.

It is vital to read weekly advisories during testing. Advisories move to news service advisory queues. Advisories note updates to candidates, races and precincts, along with the date when updates will appear. Changes may be made up to Election Day.

AP advises capture of each test during the testing period and particularly during the final test on the day before the election to ensure readiness to take results on Election Day.

Report frequency in testing may not reflect the actual election night schedule. As example, county tables for contested U.S. House races move to Member Choice subscribers in each test, but will move just twice on election night.

ELECTION DAY INFORMATION:

Premium Election Customers:

Premium Election Products (API, APEO-FTP, ANPA-FTP, DNE Elections) will have live zeros by 2 a.m. EST, Election Day.

AP Newsroom and Webfeeds Users:

On Election Day from (1-2 p.m. EST), there will be a “live” (nontest) transmission of reports with zeros sent to AP Newsroom and Webfeeds.

Please pull in these live zero reports to clear your systems of test data.

DEFINITIONS OF KEY WORDS IN STATE SLUGS:

“TopRaces-Glance-Sum” contains race-wide results in summary format for contests AP considers editorially significant (Senate Unexpired Term; Court of Appeals District 2, Position 1; Court of Appeals District 4, Position 2; State House 31 and 85).

“Winners” lists winners of all contested and uncontested races.

ELECTION NIGHT SLUGS BY SERVICE / ELECTION NIGHT REPORT SCHEDULE

Here are the slugs for the reports AP will provide and approximate times they will move for each service on election night:

Premium Elections Results via Digital Feeds (API, ANPA-FTP, APEO-FTP, DNE Elections): Results are updated every three minutes for API/DNE and four to five minutes for APEO-FTP and ANPA-FTP.

BC-MS-Top-Races-Glance-Sum

Member Choice Basic / Member Choice Plus / Member Choice Complete, MScludes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

BC-MS-Top-Races-Glance-Sum, twice hourly at :20 and :50

OpenWire / NewsPower / Newspower Max, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

AP-MS-Top-Races-Glance-Sum, twice hourly at :20 and :50

Headlines, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

AP-MS-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, hourly at :50

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