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AP-TX--Texas General Election Testing,ADVISORY, TX

October 11, 2018

EDITORS:

NEWS DIRECTORS:

NOT FOR BROADCAST, PUBLICATION OR USE ONLINE

The TEXAS general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Poll close: 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST (7 p.m. and 8 p.m. CST)

First results expected: 8:03 p.m. EST (7:03 CST)

UPDATE: OCTOBER 8, 2018: The section “National Election Reports” was modified. It now only refers users to the respective advisories for further information.

ELECTION PROFILE:

The AP is tabulating 205 races in this election, including 13 for statewide constitutional and judicial offices and all 36 congressional seats. U.S. Senate and Governor headline the statewide offices. No incumbent is running for seven of the U.S. House seats, including Beto O’Rourke (Dem) who challenges incumbent Senator Ted Cruz (GOP) at the top of the ballot. As noted for the March primary, Republicans have no nominees in U.S. House districts 9, 20, 28 and 30.

Also part of the AP coverage are contests for five seats on the state Board of Education, 14 in the state Senate, 102 in the state House, 32 places in the District Courts of Appeal, special elections to fill out unexpired terms for state House districts 52 and 62 (uncontested) and a City of Houston city charter amendment.

There are 65 uncontested races across all race categories to be declared and reported when the last polls close in the state.

ANOMALIES:

Vote Centers: Some 56 counties will use countywide polling places on Election Day. A voter may choose any location to cast their ballot in these counties. No individual precinct can be known to be completely counted until all vote centers have reported to the county tabulation center. Early and absentee (advance) votes will be reported as an additional vote center for these counties. In reports and tables, the units being counted for every county will be labeled as precincts.

NATIONAL ELECTION REPORTS:

Please refer to the following national election testing advisories on your respective news wire/on AP Newsroom for scheduled Election testing and Election Day times.

-“BC-US-General Election Tests-Member Choice, Advisory” - for newspaper subscribers (Member Choice Complete customers)

-“AP-US-General Election Tests-National Reports, Advisory” - for broadcast subscribers (Newspower customers)

For assistance in setting up an AP Webfeeds 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 or apcustomersupport@ap.org.

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

Direct questions about news coverage to News Editor Kim Johnson at 972-677-2280; email: kjohnson@ap.org.

Direct questions about photo coverage to Regional Photo Editor Kii Sato at (312) 920-3631; email: ksato@ap.org.

CONTACTS - SERVICE CHANGES:

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

TESTING INFORMATION:

Testing begins on Oct. 8. AP will be testing on Mondays from 1-3 p.m. EDT (two hours) (noon - 2 p.m. CDT) and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. EDT (four hours) (10 a.m. - 2 p.m. CDT).

Last election test is on Monday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. EST (four hours) (10 a.m. - 2 p.m. CDT). No winners will be called during the last test.

This advisory may 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.

Races and candidates are considered preliminary. AP will advise when they are final.

Statewide and race-specific precinct totals in early tests are considered preliminary.

Uncontested races: AP does not tabulate uncontested races. A list of races, TX-Uncontested, will move to premium service subscribers at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/TX/anpa/ and to state news and broadcast services after the last polls close.

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, TX-Winners will move to premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/TX/anpa/.

End of tabulation: AP will advise when its election night tabulation of results has concluded, generally before 6 p.m. CST 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 may move to Member Choice subscribers during each hour of a test, but will move just twice on election night.

SEARCH CRITERIA FOR ELECTION TESTING ADVISORIES:

AP NEWSROOM:

Single State Search: geography:“Texas” AND (category:v OR category:n) AND slug:“Election Testing”

Multi-State Search: geography:(“Texas” OR “Oklahoma”) AND (category:v OR category:n) AND slug:“Election

Testing”

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” transmission of reports with zeros sent to AP Newsroom and Webfeeds.

Please capture 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.

“Glance” reports include summary results for one or more races with similar characteristics, such as statewide judicial races (OthCourt-Glance-Sum) or other statewide races not included in TopRaces (OthState-Glance-Sum).

“Cnty” provides results in tabular format by county for a race.

“CntyLong” provides results in summary format by county for a race.

“Contested” provides results in summary format for contested legislative races.

“Trend” tables show the balance of power between political parties in a state’s legislative bodies and Congressional delegation. At the national level, the trends are for the Senate, Congress and the state governorships.

“BdEd-All” is a summary of results for a group (or “batch”) of races sharing the common office type for the state Board of Education. “AppCt-All” is a similar batch for the various District Courts of Appeals races.

“MuniProp-PropB-Sum” is a summary of results for the proposed City of Houston city charter amendment, “Proposition B.”

“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.

TX-TopRaces-Glance-Sum

TX-Senate-Cnty

TX-Senate-Reg-Geo-Sum

TX-Senate-Reg-Geo

TX-Senate-Reg-Metro-Sum

TX-Senate-Reg-Metro

TX-Senate-CntyLong

TX-Gov-Cnty

TX-Gov-Reg-Geo-Sum

TX-Gov-Reg-Geo

TX-Gov-Reg-Metro-Sum

TX-Gov-Reg-Metro

TX-Gov-CntyLong

TX-House-Contested

TX-House-Trend

TX-House-1-Cnty

TX-House-1-CntyLong

TX-House-4-Cnty

TX-House-4-CntyLong

TX-House-5-Cnty

TX-House-5-CntyLong

TX-House-6-Cnty

TX-House-6-CntyLong

TX-House-8-Cnty

TX-House-8-CntyLong

TX-House-9-Cnty

TX-House-9-CntyLong

TX-House-10-Cnty

TX-House-10-CntyLong

TX-House-11-Cnty

TX-House-11-CntyLong

TX-House-12-Cnty

TX-House-12-CntyLong

TX-House-13-Cnty

TX-House-13-CntyLong

TX-House-14-Cnty

TX-House-14-CntyLong

TX-House-15-Cnty

TX-House-15-CntyLong

TX-House-17-Cnty

TX-House-17-CntyLong

TX-House-19-Cnty

TX-House-19-CntyLong

TX-House-21-Cnty

TX-House-21-CntyLong

TX-House-22-Cnty

TX-House-22-CntyLong

TX-House-23-Cnty

TX-House-23-CntyLong

TX-House-24-Cnty

TX-House-24-CntyLong

TX-House-25-Cnty

TX-House-25-CntyLong

TX-House-26-Cnty

TX-House-26-CntyLong

TX-House-27-Cnty

TX-House-27-CntyLong

TX-House-28-Cnty

TX-House-28-CntyLong

TX-House-31-Cnty

TX-House-31-CntyLong

TX-House-32-Cnty

TX-House-32-CntyLong

TX-House-33-Cnty

TX-House-33-CntyLong

TX-House-34-Cnty

TX-House-34-CntyLong

TX-House-35-Cnty

TX-House-35-CntyLong

TX-House-36-Cnty

TX-House-36-CntyLong

TX-OthState-Glance-Sum

TX-LtGov-Cnty

TX-LtGov-CntyLong

TX-AtyGen-Cnty

TX-AtyGen-CntyLong

TX-Compt-Cnty

TX-Compt-CntyLong

TX-LndCom-Cnty

TX-LndCom-CntyLong

TX-AgCom-Cnty

TX-AgCom-CntyLong

TX-RailCo-2018-Cnty

TX-RailCo-2018-CntyLong

TX-OthCourt-Glance-Sum

TX-SuprCt-Pl-4-Cnty

TX-SuprCt-Pl-4-CntyLong

TX-SuprCt-Pl-6-Cnty

TX-SuprCt-Pl-6-CntyLong

TX-CrimAp-Pl-7-Cnty

TX-CrimAp-Pl-7-CntyLong

TX-CrimAp-Pl-8-Cnty

TX-CrimAp-Pl-8-CntyLong

TX-BdEd-All

TX-StSen-Contested

TX-StSen-Trend

TX-StHou-Contested

TX-StHou-Trend

TX-AppCt-All

TX-MuniProp-PropB-Sum

TX-Winners

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

BC-TX-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, twice hourly from 19:20 at :20 and :50

BC-TX-Senate-Cnty, once hourly from 19:50 at :50

BC-TX-Gov-Cnty, once hourly from 19:20 at :20

BC-TX-House-Contested, once hourly from 19:40 at :40

BC-TX-House-Trend, once hourly from 19:40 at :40

BC-TX-House 1-Cnty, once at 00:10

BC-TX-House 4-Cnty, once at 00:10

BC-TX-House 5-Cnty, once at 00:10

BC-TX-House 6-Cnty, once at 00:10

BC-TX-House 8-Cnty, once at 00:10

BC-TX-House 9-Cnty, once at 00:15

BC-TX-House 10-Cnty, once at 00:15

BC-TX-House 11-Cnty, once at 00:10

BC-TX-House 12-Cnty, once at 00:15

BC-TX-House 13-Cnty, once at 00:15

BC-TX-House 14-Cnty, once at 00:15

BC-TX-House 15-Cnty, once at 00:25

BC-TX-House 17-Cnty, once at 00:25

BC-TX-House 19-Cnty, once at 00:25

BC-TX-House 21-Cnty, once at 00:25

BC-TX-House 22-Cnty, once at 00:30

BC-TX-House 23-Cnty, once at 00:30

BC-TX-House 24-Cnty, once at 00:30

BC-TX-House 25-Cnty, once at 00:30

BC-TX-House 26-Cnty, once at 00:30

BC-TX-House 27-Cnty, once at 00:35

BC-TX-House 28-Cnty, once at 00:30

BC-TX-House 31-Cnty, once at 00:35

BC-TX-House 32-Cnty, once at 00:35

BC-TX-House 33-Cnty, once at 00:35

BC-TX-House 34-Cnty, once at 00:35

BC-TX-House 35-Cnty, once at 00:35

BC-TX-House 36-Cnty, once at 00:35

BC-TX-OthState-Glance-Sum, once hourly from 19:10 at :10

BC-TX-LtGov-Cnty, once at 00:05

BC-TX-AtyGen-Cnty, once at 00:05

BC-TX-Compt-Cnty, once at 00:10

BC-TX-LndCom-Cnty, once at 00:15

BC-TX-AgCom-Cnty, once at 00:25

BC-TX-RailCo 2018-Cnty, once at 00:30

BC-TX-OthCourt-Glance-Sum, once hourly from 19:10 at :10

BC-TX-SuprCt-Pl 4-Cnty, once at 00:35

BC-TX-SuprCt-Pl 6-Cnty, once at 00:45

BC-TX-CrimAp-Pl 7-Cnty, once at 00:55

BC-TX-CrimAp-Pl 8-Cnty, once at 00:55

BC-TX-BdEd-All, once hourly from 19:45 at :45

BC-TX-StSen-Contested, once every two hours from 20:40 at 22:40, 00:40, etc.

BC-TX-StSen-Trend, once hourly from 19:40 at :40

BC-TX-StHou-Contested, once every two hours from 19:45 at 21:45, 23:45, etc.

BC-TX-StHou-Trend, once hourly from 19:40 at :40

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

AP-TX-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, twice hourly from 19:20 at :20 and :50

AP-TX-House-Contested, once every two hours from 19:40 at 21:40, 23:40, etc.

AP-TX-House-Trend, once hourly from 19:40 at :40

AP-TX-OthState-Glance-Sum, once hourly from 19:10 at :10

AP-TX-OthCourt-Glance-Sum, once hourly from 19:10 at :10

AP-TX-BdEd-All, twice, at 21:45 and 00:45

AP-TX-StSen-Contested, once every two hours from 20:40 at 22:40, 00:40, etc.

AP-TX-StSen-Trend, once hourly from 19:40 at :40

AP-TX-StHou-Contested, once every two hours from 19:45 at 21:45, 23:45, etc.

AP-TX-StHou-Trend, once hourly from 19:40 at :40

Headlines, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

AP-TX-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, once hourly from 19:50 at :50

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