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BC-NC—North Carolina Primary House 9 Special Election Testing

May 7, 2019




The North Carolina Primary Special Election for US House 9 is Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

Poll close: 7:30 p.m. EDT

First results expected: 7:50 p.m. EDT


May 6

For the week of 5/6/19, testing dates have been revised as follows:

May 6, 9, 10, 13, (Monday/Thursday/Friday) from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET.

Uncontested races: AP does not tabulate uncontested races. A list of races, NC-Uncontested, will move to premium service subscribers at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/NC/anpa/ and to state news and broadcast services after the last polls close. There is one uncontested race in this election for Dan McCready in the Dem US House 9 primary.

Races, candidates and precincts are now considered final for this primary election.


On February 21, 2019, the North Carolina State Board of Elections voted unanimously to order a new election in the 9th Congressional District after determining that irregularities occurred that tainted the results of the District 9 General Election in November 2018. The Republican who won, Mark Harris, was never certified and has decided not to seek the office again. The incumbent, Robert Pittenger-R, lost in the 2018 primary and has also decided not to seek re-election. Ten Republican candidates are active in this primary. The Democratic primary is uncontested for Daniel McCready, who came in second at the disputed general election. The 9th District includes all or part of Anson, Bladen, Cumberland, Mecklenburg, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland and Union counties.


Runoff rules apply in North Carolina. Last year the threshold to advance to the general election was lowered to 30%+1. A race may advance to a runoff (of the top two vote-getters) when (a) no candidate reaches the runoff threshold and (b) the first runner-up officially requests a “Second Primary” within nine days of the election. If not, the candidate with the most votes will be declared the nominee.

The runoff date is September 10, followed by the general election on November 5. If a runoff is not requested, the general election will occur on September 10. AP will mark candidates eligible for runoff with the “R” designation.


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 and photo coverage to News Editor Steve McMillan at 804-643-6646 or smcmillan@ap.org.


Members and customers interested in premium election services should contact their sales representative or Customer Support at 877-836-9477 or apcustomersupport@ap.org.


Testing begins on April 29.

Testing dates:

April 29, May 2, 3, (Monday/Thursday/Friday) from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET.

May 6, 9, 10, 13 (Monday/Thursday/Friday) from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET.

Last election test is on Monday, May 13 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET.

No winners will be called during the last 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.

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, NC-Uncontested, will move to premium service subscribers at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/NC/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, NC-Winners will move to premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/NC/anpa/.

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


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 and including 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.


Premium Election Customers:

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

AP Newsroom and Webfeeds Users:

On Election Day from 1-2 p.m. EDT, 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.


“TopRaces-Glance-Sum” contains race-wide results in summary format for the contested Republican primary.

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

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

“Winners” lists winners of all contested races.


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.




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

BC-NC-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, twice hourly starting at :20

BC-NC-GOP-House-9-Cnty, twice at 10:15 p.m. and 1:15 am

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

AP-NC-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, twice hourly at :20 and :50

Headlines, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

AP-NC-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, once hourly at :50

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