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UPDATES FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018: Countywide and district precinct and vote center counts have been updated for Anderson, Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Burnet, Concho, Dallam, Dallas, Dickens, Gillespie, Gonzales, Hays, Henderson, Jackson, LaVaca, Lee, Montague, Parmer, Red River, Reeves, San Saba, Shelby, Tarrant, Travis, Val Verde, Ward, Williamson, Wilson, Wood and Young counties. Additional adjustments are possible as officials finalize their counts with the Secretary of State.

UPDATE FOR MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018: Corrected the test times in CDT to "11 a.m.-noon CDT."

The Texas primary runoff elections are Tuesday, May 22.

Poll Closes: 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. and 8 p.m. CDT)

First Results Expected: 8:05 p.m. EDT

ELECTION PROFILE

The AP is tabulating 35 races in the Texas primary runoff elections, 15 for the Republicans, 20 for the Democrats. Included are final party nominations for U.S. House (GOP - 6, Dem - 11), Governor (Dem only), state Senate (Dem only - 1), state House (GOP - 7, Dem - 7) and two seats in district Courts of Appeals races (both GOP).

With only one statewide party nomination still in contention for November (Dem Gov), turnout is expected to be light and tabulation should end fairly early.

ELECTION ANOMALIES

One of the Dem primary advancers for the state Board of Education (district 12) withdrew from the runoff. AP is carrying the race as uncontested for this election. No votes will be tabulated for the race.

Without a statewide Republican runoff race, only 66 counties have GOP ballots in the state.

Vote Centers: Some 53 of the 254 counties will use countywide polling places on Election Day. A voter may choose any location to cast their ballot in these counties. No individual precinct can be known to be completely counted until all vote centers have reported to the county tabulation center. Early and absentee (advance) votes will be reported as an additional vote center for these counties. In reports and tables, the units being counted for each county will be labeled as precincts.

Party Counts for Precincts: Each of the major parties in a county has the discretion to decide how many precincts to report for its races in the primary and runoff elections. They usually agree with one another in the largest counties and in those using vote centers. Overall, the Democratic count is typically higher than that of the Republicans, but either party may expand or contract the count in a given county.

Counties with No Party Primary Runoff: Since there are no GOP statewide races for the runoff, many counties have no GOP ballots. In any case where a party declines to hold a runoff election in a county where they could have a ballot, the Secretary of State assigns two precincts to the election - one for advance votes, one for poll votes. After the polls close, if there are indeed no votes to be reported, the Secretary of State finals the races for the county's party election with two precincts reported and zero votes for each candidate. During the testing regimen, a normal proportion of the county's registered voters gets used, not zeros. The parties report those counties where they do not expect to hold elections while the Secretary of State gathers the data on the precinct counts they expect to use. The AP data matches the Secretary of State data as closely as possible for Election Day.

CONTACTS - ELECTION REPORTS

Direct any questions about election reports, testing, or delivery to the AP Elections services to AP Customer Support at (877) 836-9477 or email: apcustomersupport@ap.org.

Documentation for the AP Elections services is available at http://aphelp.ap.org.

Direct questions about news coverage to News Editor Kim Johnson at 972-677-2280; email: kjohnson@ap.org.

Direct questions about photo coverage to Regional Photo Editor Kii Sato at (312) 920-3631; email: ksato@ap.org.

CONTACTS - SERVICE CHANGES

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

TESTING INFORMATION

Remaining Testing Dates and Times:

May 16, 17 (Wed, Thu) - noon-1:00 p.m. EDT (11 a.m.-noon CDT)

May 21 (Mon) - noon-1:00 p.m. EDT (11 a.m.-noon CDT)

LAST ELECTION TEST - NO WINNERS WILL BE CALLED.

This advisory will be updated throughout the testing period.

Reports with zero votes will be transmitted after testing on the eve of the election, Monday, May 21.

Race calls: The 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, Monday, May 21.

Races and candidates are now final. AP will advise of any changes.

Statewide and race-specific precinct and vote center totals in the tests are considered preliminary. AP will advise when they are final.

Uncontested races: This TX election has 36 active races, only one of which is uncontested. Please note that uncontested races will NOT be tabulated. The uncontested list will be sent during each test, except the last day of testing. A list of races, TX-Uncontested, will move after the last polls close to premium service subscribers at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/TX/anpa and to state news and broadcast services.

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, TX-Winners, will move for premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/TX/anpa.

End of tabulation: AP will advise when its election night tabulation of results has concluded, generally before 6 p.m. EDT 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 daily advisories during the testing period. Advisories move to news service advisory queues. Advisories note updates to candidates, races, precincts and vote center counts, along with the date when the 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 during testing may not reflect the actual election night schedule (see below). For example, county reports that may be scheduled only once for the night for a service will move at least once for each test.

SEARCH CRITERIA FOR ELECTION TESTING ADVISORIES:

AP NEWSROOM:

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

Multi-State Search: geography:("Texas" OR "Arkansas") 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 & Webfeeds Users:

On Election Day from 1-2 p.m. EDT, there will be a live transmission of reports with zero votes to AP Newsroom and Webfeeds.

Please capture these live reports with zero votes to clear your systems of any test data.

DEFINITIONS OF KEY WORDS IN SLUGS

"TopRaces-Glance-Sum" contains race-wide results in summary format for one or more contests AP considers editorially significant.

"Glance" contains race-wide results in summary format for groups of contests other than those in TopRaces, like the district Courts of Appeal ("AppCt").

"Contested" contains summary results for contested races in each legislative body by party.

"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 races.

ELECTION NIGHT STATE 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, APEO-FTP, ANPA-FTP, DNE Elections): Results are updated every three minutes for API/DNE and four to five minutes for APEO-FTP and ANPA-FTP.

TX-TopRaces-Glance-Sum

TX-Dem-Gov-Cnty

TX-Dem-Gov-CntyLong

TX-Dem-House-Contested

TX-GOP-House-Contested

TX-Dem-StHou-Contested

TX-GOP-StHou-Contested

TX-AppCt-Glance-Sum

TX-Winners

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

BC-TX-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, twice hourly from 19:20 at :20 and :50

BC-TX-Dem-Gov-Cnty, hourly from 19:20 at :20

BC-TX-Dem-House-Contested, hourly from 19:40 at :40

BC-TX-GOP-House-Contested, hourly from 19:40 at :40

BC-TX-Dem-StHou-Contested, every two hours from 20:45 at 22:45 00:45 etc.

BC-TX-GOP-StHou-Contested, every two hours from 20:45 at 22:45 00:45 etc.

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

AP-TX-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, twice hourly from 19:20 at :20 and :50

AP-TX-Dem-House-Contested, every two hours from 19:40 at 21:40 23:40 etc.

AP-TX-GOP-House-Contested, every two hours from 19:40 at 21:40 23:40 etc.

AP-TX-Dem-StHou-Contested, every two hours from 20:45 at 22:45 00:45 etc.

AP-TX-GOP-StHou-Contested, every two hours from 20:45 at 22:45 00:45 etc.

Headlines, includes Webfeeds, AP Newsroom and AP Exchange:

AP-TX-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, once hourly from 19:50 at :50

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