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AP-DC--District Of Columbia General Election Testing,ADVISORY, DC

October 8, 2018




The DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Poll close: 8 p.m. EST

First results expected: 8:52 p.m. EST


Races on the ballot are: U.S. Delegate, Mayor, DC Council Chairman, DC Council A-Large, DC Council Ward 1,3,5,6, Attorney General and Shadow Senator. Incumbent U.S. House Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is seeking reelection and faces four opponents, a Republican, DC Statehood Green Party and Libertarian Party candidate and an independent, and incumbent Mayor Muriel Bowser is seeking reelection and faces three candidates a Libertarian, DC Statehood Green party and an Independent candidate.




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 Webfeed for the national election reports, please contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.


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 Ken Guggenheim at 202-641-9456 or kguggenheim@ap.org.


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


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

Last election test is on Monday, Nov. 5 from 11-3 p.m. EST (four hours). 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.

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

Uncontested races: AP does not tabulate uncontested races. A list of races, DC-Uncontested, will move to premium service subscribers at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/DC/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, DC-Winners will move to premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/DC/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 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. 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.


“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 CityCncl-Glance-Sum.

“Trend” tables show the balance of power between political parties in a state legislative bodies and Congressional delegation.

“Winners” lists winners of all contested and uncontested 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:

NOTE: Elected bulletins for City Council races have been suppressed and will not run during testing or on election night.

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

BC-DC-CityCncl-Glance-Sum, hourly at :45

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

NOTE: Elected bulletins for City Council races have been suppressed and will not run during testing or on election night.

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

AP-DC-CityCncl-Glance-Sum, once at 10:45pm

Headlines, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

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

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