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The Alaska primary election is Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018.

Poll Close: 8:00 p.m. And 9:00 p.m. AKDT (8 p.m. HAST) - 12:00 a.m. And 1:00 a.m. EDT

First Results Expected: 9:05 p.m. AKDT - 1:05 a.m. EDT

UPDATES:

ELECTION PROFILE:

GOVERNOR: A crowded field is vying to be the Republican nominee for governor in Alaska. The highest-profile candidates among them are former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy. The winner of the Aug. 21 primary is expected to face Gov. Bill Walker in the November general election, who is politically unaffiliated and not participating in a primary. As well as former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, who is unopposed in the Democratic primary, and Libertarian William "Billy" Toien, who is unopposed in his party's primary. The other Republican candidates are Darin Colbry, Thomas Gordon, Gerald Heikes, Merica Hlatcu and Michael Sheldon.

U.S. HOUSE: For the first time, Alaska Democrats have opened their party primaries to independent candidates. Those who are registered as "nonpartisan" or "undeclared" will be on the Democratic ballot and competing against Democratic candidates. The Democratic primary for U.S. House features Democrat Dimitri Shein and independent Alyse Galvin. Democrat Carol Hafner, who does not live in Alaska, and independent candidate, Christopher Cumings, are also vying for the party's nomination on Aug. 21. The winner will advance to the general election where they will likely face incumbent Rep. Don Young, who is the longest-serving member of the House. He faces Thomas "John" Nelson and Jed Whittaker in his primary.

ANOMALIES:

—Alaska has one statewide congressional district and 40 legislative districts. AP reports the statewide vote totals as one county Reporting Unit. AP will report the number of total precincts reporting out of the number of total precincts in the at large state district.

—District 99 accounts for the 442nd precinct. This precinct is dedicated to separate and report the results from voters who are eligible to vote on a federal-only absentee ballot. Absentee ballots tabulated from Federal Only voters will be included in the additional precinct within the election summary results.

—Absentee votes will now be tabulated on Election Day unlike years past. The Supervisor of Elections plans to release the counted absentees as the first report of the night. Alaska's Regional Elections offices are expected to conduct the second count of absentee ballots on the 7th day following the election. They will then count again on the 10th day following the election. The statutory deadline for receiving and counting official absentee ballots is 15 days following the election.

—Alaska's Political Parties determine who is eligible to run for office on their primary ballot. Republicans chose to allow only registered Republicans to run on their ticket. The Democratic party chose to involve Undeclared and Non-Partisan candidates on their ballot. Libertarian candidates are on the Combined Democratic ballot but are in their own primary and not competing against the Democrats.

—Alaska's Political Parties also determine who is eligible to vote on their primary ballot. Any Democratic or Independent or Libertarian voter can vote on the Combined Democratic Primary ballot. Only registered Republicans may vote in the Republican primary.

CONTACTS - ELECTION REPORTS:

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Direct questions about news and photo coverage to News Editor Mark Thiessen, phone (907) 272-7549; email mthiessen@ap.org

CONTACTS - SERVICE CHANGES:

Members and customers interested in premium election services should contact Sales planning Manager Tara Mahoney, phone (212) 621-1759, email tmahoney@ap.org.

TESTING INFORMATION:

Testing Dates and Times:

Aug. 6, 8, 9 (Mon/Wed/Thurs), 12 noon - 1:00 p.m. EDT (8:00 - 9:00 a.m. AKDT)

Aug. 13, 15, 16 (Mon/Wed/Thu), 12 noon - 1:00 p.m. EDT (8:00 - 9:00 a.m. AKDT)

Aug. 20 (Mon), 12 noon - 1:00 p.m. EDT (8:00 - 9:00 a.m. AKDT)

LAST ELECTION TEST - NO WINNERS WILL BE CALLED. 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. AP will advise when they are final.

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

SEARCH CRITERIA FOR ELECTION TESTING ADVISORIES:

AP NEWSROOM:

Single State Search: geography:"Alaska" AND category:v AND slug:"Election Testing"

Multi-State Search: geography:("Alaska" OR "New York") AND category:v 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. EDT on Election Day.

AP Newsroom and Webfeeds Users:

On Election Day from (1:00 -2:00 p.m. EDT), there will be a "live" (non-test) 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. For the 2018 primary, those races are: US House 1 Dem and Governor GOP.

"StWide-Glance-Sum" contains race-wide results in a summary format for the other statewide races in this primary: US House 1 GOP and Lt. Gov GOP.

"Contested" provides results in summary format for contested State Senate and State House Races.

"Cnty" provides results in tabular format by county for select contested races. For the 2018 primary, those races are: US House 1 Dem and GOP, Governor GOP and Lt. Gov GOP.

"CntyLong" provides results in a summary format by county for the following races: U US House 1 Dem and GOP, Governor GOP and Lt. Gov GOP.

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.

AK-TopRaces-Glance-Sum

AK-StWide-Glance-Sum

AK-GOP-StSen-Contested

AK-Dem-StHou-Contested

AK-GOP-StHou-Contested

AK-Dem-House-1-Cnty

AK-GOP-House-1-Cnty

AK-GOP-Gov-Cnty

AK-GOP-LtGov-Cnty

AK-Dem-House-1-CntyLong

AK-GOP-House-1-CntyLong

AK-GOP-Gov-CntyLong

AK-GOP-LtGov-CntyLong

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

BC-AK-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, every 30 minutes starting at :20

BC-AK-StWide-Glance-Sum, once per hour at :10

BC-AK-GOP-StSen-Contested, even hours at :40

BC-AK-Dem-StHou-Contested, odd hours at :45

BC-AK-GOP-StHou-Contested, odd hours at :45

BC-AK-Dem-House-1-Cnty, once at 11:30 p.m. and again at 2:30 a.m.

BC-AK-GOP-House-1-Cnty, once at 11:30 p.m. and again at 2:30 a.m.

BC-AK-GOP-Gov-Cnty, once per hour at :50

BC-AK-GOP-LtGov-Cnty, once at 11:30 p.m. and again at 2:30 a.m.

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

BC-AK-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, every 30 minutes starting at :20

BC-AK-StWide-Glance-Sum, once per hour at :10

BC-AK-GOP-StSen-Contested, even hours at :40

BC-AK-Dem-StHou-Contested, odd hours at :45

BC-AK-GOP-StHou-Contested, odd hours at :45

Headlines, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

AP-HD-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, every 60 minutes starting at :50

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