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AP-IA-Iowa General Election Testing,UPDATEDADVISORY, IA

October 11, 2018

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NEWS DIRECTORS:

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The IOWA general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Poll Close: 10 p.m. EST (9 p.m. CST)

First Results Expected: 10:30 p.m. EST (9:30 p.m. CST)

OCT. 11 UPDATE:

Tuesday and Thursday testing from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. EDT (10 a.m.-2 p.m. CDT) are national tests that replicate condensed poll closing times. Test votes for Iowa are expected to begin at 2:15 p.m. EDT (1:15 p.m. CDT).

ELECTION PROFILE:

The AP is tabulating 106 contested races in the Iowa general election, including governor, four congressional seats, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, agriculture secretary, attorney general, and state Senate and House races.

GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds is seeking her first full term in what is considered a tossup versus Democratic businessman Fred Hubbell, Libertarian Jake Porter and Gary Siegwarth of the Clear Water Party of Iowa. Reynolds was elevated to the office in May 2017 when Terry Branstad resigned to become Chinese ambassador.

The GOP holds three of the state’s four congressional seats going into the general election.

Political observers rank Iowa’s U.S. House Districts 1 and 3 as competitive. GOP Rep. Rod Blum’s District 1 seat is considered a tossup, and GOP David Young’s District 3 seat is listed as lean Democrat.

ANOMALIES:

None.

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 and 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 and 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 and U.S. House:

- US-Gov-All, US-Senate-All, US-House-All - vote results for Governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House for all 50 states

- US-Gov-Sum, US-Senate-Sum, US-House-Sum - balance of power/national trend for Governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. 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 877-836-9477 or apcustomersupport@ap.org.

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 AP Elections services is available at —http://aphelp.ap.org.

Direct questions about news and photo coverage to News Editor Scott McFetridge at 515-243-3281 or smcfetridge@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 Monday, Oct. 8. AP will be testing on Mondays from 1-3 p.m. EDT/noon-2 p.m. CDT (two hours) and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. EDT/10 a.m.-2 p.m. CDT (four hours).

Last election test is Monday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. EST/10 a.m.-2 p.m. CDT (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. 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, IA-Uncontested, will move to premium service subscribers at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/IA/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, IA-Winners, will move to premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/IA/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.

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. For 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/1 a.m. CST, Election Day.

AP Newsroom and Webfeeds Users:

On Election Day from (1-2 p.m. EST/noon-1 p.m. CST), 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 (Governor and U.S. House Districts 1 and 3).

“Glance” reports include summary results for one or more races with similar characteristics, including statewide races (Statewid-Glance-Sum).

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

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

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

“Long” are vote summaries listed by county in long summary format.

“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.

Top-Races-Glance-Sum

House-Contested

StSen-Contested

StHou-Contested

House-Trend

StSen-Trend

StHou-Trend

Statewid-Glance-Sum

Gov-Cnty

Gov-CntyLong

SecSt-Cnty

SecSt-CntyLong

Aud-Cnty

Aud-CntyLong

Treas-Cnty

Treas-CntyLong

AgSec-Cnty

AgSec-CntyLong

AtyGen-Cnty

AtyGen-CntyLong

House-1-Cnty

House-1-CntyLong

House-2-Cnty

House-2-CntyLong

House-3-Cnty

House-3-CntyLong

House-4-Cnty

House-4-CntyLong

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

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

House-Contested, hourly at :40

StSen-Contested, even-numbered hours at :40, starting at 2040

StHou-Contested, odd-numbered hours at :45, starting at 2145

House-Trend, hourly at :40

StSen-Trend, hourly at :40

StHou-Trend, hourly at :40

Statewid-Glance-Sum, hourly at :10

Gov-Cnty, hourly at :50

SecSt-Cnty, twice at 2245 and 0045

Aud-Cnty, twice at 2245 and 0045

Treas-Cnty, twice at 2245 and 0045

AgSec-Cnty, twice at 2245 and 0045

AtyGen-Cnty, twice at 2245 and 0045

House-1-Cnty, twice at 2230 and 0030

House-2-Cnty, twice at 2230 and 0030

House-3-Cnty, twice at 2230 and 0030

House-4-Cnty, twice at 2230 and 0030

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

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

House-Contested, hourly at :40

StSen-Contested, even-numbered hours at :40, starting at 2040

StHou-Contested, odd-numbered hours at :45, starting at 1945

House-Trend, hourly at :40

StSen-Trend, hourly at :40

StHou-Trend, hourly at :40

Statewid-Glance-Sum, hourly at :10

Headlines, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

Top-Races-Glance-Sum, hourly at :50

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