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The MASSACHUSETTS primary election is Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Poll close: 8 p.m. EDT

First results expected: 8:15 p.m. EDT

ELECTION PROFILE:

The Associated Press will tabulate the following races from 351 cities and towns in the Massachusetts state primary: Republican U.S. Senate; Democratic and Republican Governor; Democratic Lieutenant Governor; Republican Attorney General; Democratic Secretary of State; Democratic U.S. House 1, Republican U.S. House 2, Democratic U.S. House 3, Democratic U.S. House 4, Republican U.S. House 5, Democratic U.S. House 7, Democratic U.S. House 8 and Democratic U.S. House 9; Democratic Governor Council Districts 3, 4, 5; seven state Senate and 42 state House.

Additionally, the following contested local races will be reported: District Attorney (Berkshire, Northern Middlesex, Suffolk); Register of Deeds (Northern Essex, Southern Essex, Hampden, Suffolk, Northern Worcester, Worcester).

ELECTION ANOMALIES:

Two write-in candidates are initialized in the Democratic state House tenth Hampden race. State Representative Carlos Gonzalez did not meet the signature requirement to be placed on the primary ballot. Gonzalez will face Ivette Hernandez, who has also launched a write-in campaign for the upcoming primary. The Democratic nomination hopefuls have been initialized as Carlos Gonzalez-WI and Ivette Hernandez-WI. A write-in (WI) candidate may be nominated provided that the candidate is the top vote getter and receives at least 150 write-in votes. The Associated Press will tabulate results for the write-in candidates for this race. The Democratic state House tenth Hampden primary is included in the Dem-StHou-Contested package.

Hampden County Register of Deeds, Donald Ashe, passed away on July 10. There are two candidates vying for nomination in the Democratic Hampden County Register of Deeds race. A Democratic write-in candidate, Donald Ashe Jr. has been initialized as Donald Ashe Jr.-WI. He will face Cheryl Coakley-Rivera in the upcoming primary. A write-in (WI) candidate may be nominated provided that the candidate is the top vote getter and receives at least 1000 write-in votes. The Associated Press will tabulate results for the write-in candidate for this race. The Democratic Hampden County Register of Deeds is included in DA&RegD-Glance-Sum package.

CONTACTS - ELECTION REPORTS:

Direct any questions about election reports, testing, or delivery to AP Elections services to AP Customer Support at (877) 836-9477; 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 Bill Kole, phone (617) 699-0509; email bkole@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 20, 22, 23 (Mon, Wed, Thu) 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT

Aug 27, 29, 30 (Mon, Wed, Thu) 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT

Aug 31 (Fri) 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT - 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 final.

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

Uncontested races: AP does not tabulate uncontested races. There are 230 uncontested races. A list of races, MA-Uncontested, will move to premium service subscribers at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/MA/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, MA-Winners will move to premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/MA/anpa/.

End of tabulation: AP will advise when its election night tabulation of results has concluded, generally before 6 p.m. 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, city/town 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:"Massachusetts" 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, Election Day.

AP Newsroom and Webfeeds Users:

On Election Day from (1-2 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 (Republican U.S. Senate; Democratic and Republican Governor; Democratic Lieutenant Governor; Republican Attorney General; Democratic Secretary of State).

"DA&RegD-Glance-Sum" contains race-wide results in summary format for the contested District Attorney and Register of Deeds races.

"GovCncl-Glance-Sum" contains race-wide results in summary format for the contested Governor's Council races.

"Cnty" tables provide results in tabular format by city/town for a race.

"CntyLong" tables provide results in summary format by city/town for a race.

"Reg-County-Long" tables provide results in summary format by true county for a race.

"Reg-County" tables provide results in tabular format by city/town within a county for a race.

"Reg-County-Sum" tables provide results in tabular format by true county for a race.

"House-Contested" provides results in summary format for contested U. S. House Races.

"StSen-Contested" provides results in summary format for contested state Senate races.

"StHou-Contested" provides results in summary format for contested state House races.

"Winners" lists winners of all contested 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.

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

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Headlines, includes Webfeeds, AP Exchange and AP Newsroom:

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