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The Florida primary election is Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018.

Poll Close: 7:00 p.m. And 8:00 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. CDT)

First Results Expected: 7:05 p.m. EDT

UPDATES:

August 24, 2018

—Changed precincts for Miami-Dade county in US House 27 Dem and GOP from 246 to 232.

—Changed precincts for Hardee county in Circuit Court 20-8 from 12 to 0 and added Hendry county with 10 precincts.

—AP will no longer tabulate results for State House 73 GOP where Melissa Howard dropped out. She dropped out after ballots were created, but the state is not tabulating results for the race. AP now has this race set up as an uncontested contest for remaining candidate, Tommy Gregory.

—Precincts are updated and now considered final.

August 23, 2018

—Extra election test added. Friday, August 24th 3 - 4:00 p.m. EDT.

August 16, 2018

—Removed candidate Kathleen Peters from State House 69 as she withdrew from that race and transferred to local office.

August 15, 2018

—Added anomaly about St Senate 73 GOP Primary candidate Melissa Howard.

August 14, 2018

—Added anomaly about St Senate 25 GOP Special Primary (found in TopRaces Glance).

—Moved State Attorney GOP race results to Courts-Glance-Sum from OthStWde-Glance-Sum.

—Added State Senate 23 and 25 Dem and GOP special primaries. The only contested special primary is GOP State Senate 25 GOP. This race's results will appear in the TopRaces-Glance-Sum report.

ELECTION PROFILE:

—Republicans have dominated midterm elections in Florida for two decades. This year Democrats are hoping for a "blue wave," thinking that anger over President Donald Trump might boost turnout. The Democratic primary for governor is the most crowded since 1978, when, like this year, there were seven candidates on the ballot. Only five are considered major candidates: former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Orlando-area businessman Chris King. Unlike in 1978, Florida no longer has a runoff election if no candidate earns more than 50 percent of the vote. That means the winner here could get the nomination with less than 30 percent of the vote. Right now, Graham appears to be ahead in the polls, but the race is hard to predict.

—The Republican primary for governor comes down to Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis. Conventional wisdom at the beginning of this cycle was that Putnam would be a lock for the nomination. However, Trump is backing DeSantis and several polls show him surging ahead of Putnam, who had been favored in the race.

—Gov. Rick Scott is expected to advance in the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate to face incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson in November. In Congress, there are several primaries worth paying attention to, including three incumbents who face serious threats — Republican Matt Gaetz, Democrat Al Lawson and Democrat Darren Soto.

ANOMALIES:

—State Senate GOP 25 is a special primary election to fill a vacant seat. This race's results will be in the Top Races glance. You will not see this race in GOP-StSen-Contested report.

—All counties close at 7:00 p.m. local time. Counties in the Eastern Time Zone close at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Counties in the Central Time Zone will close at 8:00 p.m. EDT. These counties are: Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Washington. Gulf county is in the Eastern Time Zone in the south & the Central Time Zone in the north, but the county seat is in the Eastern Time Zone. Thus, all polling sites in Gulf county close at 7:00 p.m. EDT.

—Due to Florida's two time zones, Uncontested race calls will be declared and transmitted at 8 p.m. EDT, 7 p.m. CDT. The report, FL-Uncontested, will be available after the last polls close.

—AP will not call winners in contested judicial races.

—Contested Circuit Court races are considered General Election races. In races with three or more candidates, if no candidate gets 50% + 1 of the vote, the two top candidates, will advance to a runoff election on November 6th, 2018. Uncontested Circuit Court races advance directly to the General Election.

—Supreme Court and District Court are retention races held at the General Election. AP will tabulate these races in November.

—Libertarian Party of Florida candidates, No Party Affiliated candidates and Write-In candidates are not considered part of the primary election. These candidates advance directly to the General Election in November.

—Florida is a closed primary state. Voters may only vote in the primary elections of the party to which they are a registered member. However, there are times when all registered voters can vote in a primary election, regardless of which political party they belong or if they are registered without party affiliation. These races are included on an "All Registered Voters" ballot which includes:

1.All non-partisan races such as judicial contests and ballot measures.

2.Partisan races if it meets the following conditions: all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner of the primary election will not face any opposition in the general election.

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.

Documentation for the AP Elections Online service is available at http://apdigitalsupport.ap.org.

Direct questions about news and photo coverage to Southeast Media Director, Jim Baltzelle, phone (305)978-5214; email jbaltzelle@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), 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT

Aug. 27 (Mon), 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 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. AP will not call winners in contested judicial races.

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, FL-Uncontested, will move to premium service subscribers at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/FL/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, FL-Winners will move to premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/FL/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:"Florida" AND category:v AND slug:"Election Testing"

Multi-State Search: geography:("Florida" 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 the AP considers editorially significant. For the 2018 primary, those races are: Dem Gov, GOP Gov, GOP Senate, GOP House 1, Dem US House 5, Dem US House 7, GOP US House 7, Dem US House 9, GOP US House 15, Dem US House 16, GOP US House 17, Dem US House 18, GOP US House 18, Dem US House 27, GOP US House 27 and GOP State Senate 25 Special Primary.

"OthStWde-Glance-Sum" contains race-wide results in a summary format for the other statewide races in this primary: Dem and GOP Attorney General, and Dem and GOP Agriculture Commissioner.

"Courts-Glance-Sum" contains race-wide results in a summary format for the Circuit Court General Election races and the GOP State Attorney District 20 Primary.

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

"Cnty" provides results in tabular format by county for select contested races all contested US Senate, US House and Governor races.

"CntyLong" provides results in a summary format by county for all contested US Senate, US House and Governor 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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Member Choice Basic / Member Choice Plus / Member Choice Complete, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

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

BC-FL-OthStWde-Glance-Sum, every 60 minutes starting at :10

BC-FL-Courts-Glance-Sum, every 60 minutes starting at :45

BC-FL-Dem-House-Contested, every 60 minutes starting at :40

BC-FL-GOP-House-Contested, every 60 minutes starting at :40

BC-FL-Dem-StSen-Contested, even hours at :40

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

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

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

BC-FL-GOP-Senate-Cnty, every 60 minutes at :50

BC-FL-Dem-Gov-Cnty, odd hours at :50

BC-FL-GOP-Gov-Cnty, odd hours at :50

BC-FL-Dem-House-1-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-GOP-House-1-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-Dem-House-2-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-Dem-House-3-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-GOP-House-3-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-Dem-House-5-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-Dem-House-6-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-GOP-House-6-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-Dem-House-7-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-GOP-House 7-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-Dem-House-9-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-Dem-House-10-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-Dem-House-12-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-GOP-House-13-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-Dem-House 15-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-GOP-House-15-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-Dem-House-16-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-Dem-House-17-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-GOP-House-17-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-Dem-House-18-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-GOP-House-18-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-Dem-House-19-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-Dem-House-20-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-Dem-House-22-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-GOP-House-22-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-GOP-House-23-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-Dem-House-24-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-Dem-House-26-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-GOP-House-26-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-Dem-House-27-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

BC-FL-GOP-House-27-Cnty, twice per night - once at 11:45 p.m. and again at 01:45 a.m.

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

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

AP-FL-OthStWde-Glance-Sum, every 60 minutes at :10

AP-FL-Courts-Glance-Sum, once at 10:45 p.m.

AP-FL-Dem-House-Contested, even hours at :40

AP-FL-GOP-House-Contested, even hours at :40

AP-FL-Dem-StSen-Contested, even hours at :40

AP-FL-GOP-StSen-Contested, even hours at :40

AP-FL-Dem-StHou-Contested, odd hours at :45

AP-FL-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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