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The ALABAMA runoff election is Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

Poll Close: 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET) for most of the state. Small portions of Chambers, Lee and Russell counties on the Georgia border are in the Eastern time zone, where polls will close at 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET).

First Results Expected: 7:30 p.m. CT (8:30 p.m. ET)

UPDATE

July 12, 2018

Races, candidates and precincts are considered final.

ELECTION PROFILE:

Republican Martha Roby's battle to keep her U.S. House 2 seat tops this runoff election in Alabama consisting of 25 races. Roby is seeking her fifth congressional term against challenger Bobby Bright, who previously held the seat as a Democrat until his defeat in 2010 by Roby. Statewide GOP contests for Lt. Governor, Attorney General and Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries are on the runoff ballot along with three GOP judicial races and 17 state legislative races for both major parties.

ANOMALIES:

Judicial elections in Alabama are partisan. There are three GOP judicial runoff races.

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 Alabama News Editor Jim Van Anglen, phone (334) 262-5947; email jvananglen@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:

July 9, 11, 12 (Mon, Wed, Thu) 12:00-1:00 p.m. CT (1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. ET)

July 16 (Mon-last election test) 12:00-1:00 p.m. CT (1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. ET)

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 preliminary. AP will advise when they are final.

Uncontested races: There are no uncontested races in this runoff election.

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, AL-Winners will move to premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/AL/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, 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:"Alabama" AND category:v AND slug:"Election Testing"

Multi-State Search: geography:("Alabama" 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 1 a.m. CT (2 a.m. ET) Election Day.

AP Newsroom and Webfeeds Users:

On Election Day from noon - 1 p.m. CT (1 - 2 p.m. ET), 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 (GOP U.S. House 2, GOP Lt. Governor, GOP Attorney General, GOP Agriculture Commissioner; GOP State Board of Education District 2.)

"Glance" reports include summary results for one or more races with similar characteristics, such as court races (Judicial-Glance-Sum) or statewide races (Statewid-Glance-Sum).

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

"CntyLong" provides results in summary format by county for a race.

"Winners" lists winners of all contested and uncontested races.

"Contested" provides results in summary format for contested legislative 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.

BC-AL-TopRaces-Glance-Sum

BC-AL-Judicial-Glance-Sum

BC-AL-Dem-StSen-Contested

BC-AL-GOP-StSen-Contested

BC-AL-Dem-StHou-Contested

BC-AL-GOP-StHou-Contested

BC-AL-GOP-House-2-Cnty

BC-AL-GOP-House-2-CntyLong

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

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

BC-AL-Judicial-Glance-Sum, once an hour starting at :45

BC-AL-Dem-StSen-Contested, even hours starting at :40

BC-AL-GOP-StSen-Contested, even hours starting at :40

BC-AL-Dem-StHou-Contested, odd hours starting at :45

BC-AL-GOP-StHou-Contested, odd hours starting at :45

BC-AL-GOP-House-2-Cnty, twice at 10:15 p.m. and 1:15 am

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

AP-AL-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, every 30 minutes starting at :20

AP-AL-Judicial-Glance-Sum, twice at 10:45 p.m. and 1:45 a.m.

AP-AL-Dem-StSen-Contested, even hours starting at :40

AP-AL-GOP-StSen-Contested, even hours starting at :40

AP-AL-Dem-StHou-Contested, odd hours starting at :45

AP-AL-GOP-StHou-Contested, odd hours starting at :45

Headlines, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

AP-AL-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, once an hour starting at :50

The AP, Montgomery