AP-AZ--Arizona Special Primary Election Testing, Advisory

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NEWS DIRECTORS:

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The ARIZONA special primary election is Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Poll Close: 10 p.m. ET

First Results Expected: 10:23 p.m. ET

ELECTION PROFILE:

The AP is tabulating the special primary in the 8th Congressional District. Twelve GOP and two Dem candidates are vying to compete in the special general on April 24th.

ANOMALIES:

Polls close 7 p.m. local time. The state does not release results until one hour after all polls close: 8 p.m. MT or 10 p.m. ET.

CD 8 is within Maricopa County.

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 Josh Hoffner, email Jhoffner@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:

Feb. 12, 13, 14, 15 (Mon., Tues., Wed., Th.) 10 - 11 a.m. MT (12 - 1 p.m. EST)

Feb. 21, 22 (Wed., Th.) 10 - 11 a.m. MT (12 - 1 p.m. EST)

Feb. 26 (Mon.-last election test) 10 - 11 a.m. MT (12 - 1 p.m.EST).

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: There are no uncontested races for this 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, AZ-Winners will move to premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/AZ/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 EXCHANGE:

Single State Search: apgeography_name="Arizona" AND category="v'' AND slug="Election Testing"

Multi-State Search: (apgeography_name="Arizona" OR apgeography_name="New York") AND category="v'' AND

slug="Election Testing"

AP NEWSROOM:

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

Multi-State Search: geography:("Arizona" OR "New York") AND category:v AND slug:"Election Testing"

ELECTION DAY INFORMATION: Premium Election Customers:

Premium Election Products (API, APEO-FTP, ANPA-FTP) will have live zeros by 2 a.m. ET, Election Day

AP Exchange, AP Newsroom and Webfeeds Users:

On Election Day from (1-2 p.m. ET), there will be a "live" (non-test) transmission of reports with zeros sent to AP Exchange, 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 the GOP and Dem races in the CD8 special primary.

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): Results are updated every three minutes for API and four to five minutes for APEO-FTP and ANPA-FTP.

BC-AZ-TopRaces-Glance-Sum

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

AP Newsroom:

BC-AZ-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, twice hourly at :20 and :50

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

AP-AZ-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, twice hourly at :20 and :50

Headlines, includes Webfeeds, AP Exchange and AP Newsroom:

AP-AZ-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, hourly at :50

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