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AP-LA--Louisiana Open Primary Election Testing,Advisory, LA

October 1, 2018

EDITORS:

NEWS DIRECTORS:

NOT FOR BROADCAST, PUBLICATION OR USE ONLINE

The LOUISIANA open primary election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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

First results expected: 9:03 p.m. EST (8:03 CST)

ELECTION PROFILE:

The AP is tabulating 18 races in this election, including the Secretary of State, the six congressional seats, two Appeals Court district races, special elections for state Senate district 26 and state representatives in districts 10 and 33 and six constitutional amendments. There are also eight uncontested races to be declared and reported when the polls close.

For those contests in which no candidate gets a majority of the votes in the race, the two candidates with the highest number of votes will advance to the state general election on Dec. 8.

ANOMALIES:

The Louisiana jurisdictions reporting the election results are parishes. The “Cnty” abbreviation used for reports herein refers to parishes.

The congressional elections are also open primaries, subject to having two candidates advance to the state’s Dec. 8 general election. They are labelled as “general” elections to support our national trend reports.

NATIONAL ELECTION REPORTS:

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 - Governor/U.S. Senate/U.S. House balance of power/trend reports

- /US_topofticket - Summary/state-level vote reports/feeds for Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and results of ballot measures of national interest for all 50 states

- /US_topofticket_county - Summary/state-level and county-level vote reports/feeds for Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and results of ballot measures of national interest for all 50 states

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

- /Trend - Governor/U.S. Senate/U.S. House balance of power/trend reports

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-Gov-All, US-Senate-All, US-House-All - vote results for Gov/US Senate/US House for all 50 states

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

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 and photo coverage to Deep South Writer Rebecca Santana, phone (504) 523-3931; email: rsantana@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 form 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, LA-Uncontested, will move to premium service subscribers at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/LA/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, LA-Winners will move to premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/LA/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, parish tables for contested U.S. House races may move to Member Choice subscribers during each hour of a test, but will move only twice on election night.

SEARCH CRITERIA FOR ELECTION TESTING ADVISORIES:

AP NEWSROOM:

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

Multi-State Search: geography:(“Louisiana” OR “Texas”) 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-Sum” reports include summary results for one or more races with similar characteristics, such as ballot measures (CAmends-Glance-Sum) or other races (LAOther-Glance-Sum).

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

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

“Trend” tables show the balance of power between the major political parties for the Senate, Congress and the state governorships.

“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.

LA-TopRaces-Glance-Sum

LA-LAOther-Glance-Sum

LA-CAmends-Glance-Sum

LA-House-1-Cnty

LA-House-1-CntyLong

LA-House-2-Cnty

LA-House-2-CntyLong

LA-House-3-Cnty

LA-House-3-CntyLong

LA-House-4-Cnty

LA-House-4-CntyLong

LA-House-5-Cnty

LA-House-5-CntyLong

LA-House-6-Cnty

LA-House-6-CntyLong

LA-Opn-SecSt-Cnty

LA-Opn-SecSt-CntyLong

LA-CAmend-1-Cnty

LA-CAmend-1-CntyLong

LA-CAmend-2-Cnty

LA-CAmend-2-CntyLong

LA-CAmend-3-Cnty

LA-CAmend-3-CntyLong

LA-CAmend-4-Cnty

LA-CAmend-4-CntyLong

LA-CAmend-5-Cnty

LA-CAmend-5-CntyLong

LA-CAmend-6-Cnty

LA-CAmend-6-CntyLong

LA-Winners

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

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

BC-LA-LAOther-Glance-Sum, once hourly from 20:45 at :45

BC-LA-CAmends-Glance-Sum, once hourly from 21:10 at :10

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

BC-LA-House 2-Cnty, once at 00:10

BC-LA-House 3-Cnty, once at 00:10

BC-LA-House 4-Cnty, once at 00:15

BC-LA-House 5-Cnty, once at 00:15

BC-LA-House 6-Cnty, once at 00:15

BC-LA-Opn-SecSt-Cnty, once at 00:25

BC-LA-CAmend 1-Cnty, once at 00:20

BC-LA-CAmend 2-Cnty, once at 00:30

BC-LA-CAmend 3-Cnty, once at 00:35

BC-LA-CAmend 4-Cnty, once at 00:40

BC-LA-CAmend 5-Cnty, once at 00:45

BC-LA-CAmend 6-Cnty, once at 00:50

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

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

AP-LA-LAOther-Glance-Sum, once hourly from 20:45 at :45

AP-LA-CAmends-Glance-Sum, once hourly from 21:10 at :10

Headlines, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

AP-LA-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, once hourly from 20:50 at :50

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