- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - NOT FOR BROADCAST, PUBLICATION OR USE ONLINE

EDITORS:

NEWS DIRECTORS:

New Mexico general election will be on Nov. 4, 2014. Testing of the AP’s election night reporting system starts on Monday, Oct. 6 from 1-2 p.m. Eastern.

KEY DETAILS:

-Poll Closing: 9 p.m. Eastern

-Election Night Results:

-Race calls: AP will make race calls election night, unless they are too close to call. Race calls will also be made during testing, except on the last day of testing.

Race call alerts can be found on WebFeeds and on print and broadcast services, in the following format: BC-ST-OFFICE-elected,100

DATE TIME,,

BULLETIN (AP) - CANDIDATE NAME, CANDIDATE PARTY, elected OFFICE, STATE.

-Uncontested races: AP does not tabulate uncontested races. A list of races, NM-Uncontested, will move to premium service subscribers at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/NM/anpa/ and to state news and broadcast services after the last polls close.

-Winners: AP will send a list of unofficial winners in called races at the end of its election night results tabulation. The winners list also will be sent during each test. Premium services subscribers will find NM- Winners at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/NM/anpa/. There will be no winners list sent during the last day of testing.

-End of Election Night results tabulation: The AP will advise when it has concluded tabulating results in its election night reporting system, which is generally before 5 p.m. local time the day after the election.

ELECTION PROFILE

The AP is tabulating results in 51 contested races, include 13 statewide (US Senate, Governor, Secretary of

State, Auditor, Treasurer, Attorney General, Land Commissioner, Appeals Court and five Amendments), 3

US House races, 34 State House races and Public Regulation District 5.

TESTING SCHEDULE

-Testing for the general election is scheduled from 1-2 p.m. Eastern on the following days:

- Oct. 6, 8, 10 (Monday-Wednesday-Friday)

- Oct. 13, 15, 17 (Monday-Wednesday-Friday)

- Oct. 20, 22, 24 (Monday-Wednesday-Friday)

- Oct. 27, 29, 31 (Monday-Wednesday-Friday)

-LAST ELECTION TEST: 1-2 p.m. Eastern, Monday, Nov. 3.

-There will be a live zero transmission from 1-2 p.m. Eastern on election day.

-One or more transmissions of zeros will be made following the regular testing on the eve of the election, Monday, Nov. 3.

-Precincts: Statewide and race-specific precinct totals used in initial testing are preliminary. AP will advise when precinct totals are updated and final for election night.

-Races and Candidates: Races and candidates are considered final. AP will advise of any changes. TESTING BASICS

-During the test period, it is vital to read daily testing advisories, which move to premium subscribers’ FTP folders and to news service advisory queues. Advisories will note updates to reports, including changes to candidates, races, precinct totals, etc., and will indicate the test date when noted updates will appear. Databases can change up to Election Day.

-Capture each day’s test during the test period, including the election test immediately preceding Election Day. Ensure you have the latest updates and that reports include votes for every candidate in every race and that every race goes to 100 percent of precincts reporting, unless otherwise noted in an advisory.

-All reports are updated on every five-to-seven minutes to digital services.

-Test results have been created electronically to test the accuracy of the election night reporting system. They do not reflect an expectation of election night results. They should not be broadcast, published, replicated or posted on websites.

-Race calls will be made during testing, except on the last day of testing, .

-All reports will move to news and broadcast wires during each day’s hour long test. Note that the frequency that reports run during tests may not reflect the election night schedule as detailed below. For example, county tables for multi-county races that Member Choice subscribers see during the hour long tests will move to that service twice during election night, once before and once after midnight. Premium service subscribers should note the scheduled frequency of results that will move to their regular AP news and broadcast services, in addition to the results that will move to their FTP folders.

-Important note about AP WebFeeds: With the introduction of AP WebFeeds, it is imperative that customers validate the formatting of election reports sent to state and national newspaper services during weekly tests. Direct questions to AP Customer Support at (877) 836-9477 or apcustomersupport@ap.org.

CONTACTS - ELECTION REPORTS

-Direct questions about election reports and testing to AP Customer Support at (877) 836-9477 or apcustomersupport@ap.org.

-Direct questions about news and photo coverage to News Editor Josh Hoffner, phone (212) 621-1670;

email Jhoffner@ap.org

CONTACTS - TECHNICAL

-Direct questions about AP Elections Online delivery to AP Customer Support at (877) 836-9477 or apcustomersupport@ap.org. Documentation for the service also can be found at http://apdigitalsupport.ap.org.

CONTACTS - SERVICE CHANGES

-Print members interested in premium services should contact Chief of Bureau Kevin Walsh, phone (208)

343-1894 ext 4610; email kwalsh@ap.org

-TV members should contact Regional Television Executive Kevin Nunn, phone (480) 710-9828; email knunn@ap.org

-Large-market radio members should contact Sales Executive Steve Labeau, phone (602) 258-4697;

email sLaBeau@ap.org

-Small-market radio members should contact Anita Muhammad, phone (202) 641-9061; email amuhammad@ap.org

DEFINITIONS OF KEY WORDS IN SLUGS

-“TopRaces-Glance-Sum” includes vote summaries, giving the total number of precincts reporting, the candidates’ names, their vote tallies and the percentage of the vote they have at that point for the following races: Governor, US Senate, Attorney General, Secretary of State, US House 2 and Public Regulation District 5.

-“Statewid-Glance-Sum” includes vote summaries, giving the total number of precincts reporting, the candidates’ names, their vote tallies and the percentage of the vote they have at that point for all statewide offices: US Senate, Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Attorney General, Land Commissioner and Appeals Court.

-“Amends-Glance-Sum” includes vote summaries, giving the total number of precincts reporting, the candidates’ names, their vote tallies and the percentage of the vote they have at that point for the five amendments.

-“Cnty” gives votes for each candidate and the number of precincts reporting by county in summary table format for all statewide races and US House races in multiple counties (1-3).

-“CntyLong” summarizes, by county, vote summaries, giving the total number of precincts reporting, the candidates’ names, and their vote tallies for all statewide races and US House races in multiple counties (1-3).

-“Contested” lists vote summaries for these legislative races: US House and State House.

-“Trend” summarizes US House and State House balance of power/ trend data for the 2014 general election.

ELECTION NIGHT SLUGS BY SERVICE

-Here are the slugs for the races AP will be tabulating and the approximate times they will be moving each hour to digital feeds and various news/broadcast services after polls close election night:

PREMIUM ELECTIONS RESULTS VIA DIGITAL FEEDS (ANPA-FTP, APEO-FTP, HOSTED) - Results are updated every five to seven minutes for the following reports:

BC-NM-TopRaces-Glance-Sum BC-NM-Statewid-Glance-Sum BC-NM-Amends-Glance-Sum BC-NM-House-Contested

BC-NM-StHou-Contested

BC-NM-House-Trend BC-NM-StHou-Trend BC-NM-Senate-Cnty

BC-NM-Senate-CntyLong

BC-NM-Gov-Cnty

BC-NM-Gov-CntyLong

BC-NM-AtyGen-Cnty

BC-NM-AtyGen-CntyLong

BC-NM-Aud-Cnty

BC-NM-Aud-CntyLong

BC-NM-Treas-Cnty

BC-NM-Treas-CntyLong

BC-NM-SecSt-Cnty

BC-NM-SecSt-CntyLong

BC-NM-LndCom-Cnty

BC-NM-LndCom-CntyLong

BC-NM-AppCt -Cnty

BC-NM-AppCt-CntyLong

BC-NM-Amends-Cnty

BC-NM-Amends-CntyLong

BC-NM-House-1-Cnty BC-NM-House-2-Cnty BC-NM-House-3-Cnty

BC-NM-House-1-CntyLong BC-NM-House-2-CntyLong BC-NM-House-3-CntyLong

WEBFEEDS/APEXCHANGE:

MEMBER CHOICE TOP NEWS/MEMBER CHOICE LIMITED/MEMBER CHOICE COMPLETE BC-NM-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, twice hourly at :20 and :50

BC-NM-Statewid-Glance-Sum, hourly at :10

BC-NM-Amends-Glance-Sum, hourly at :10

BC-NM-House-Contested, hourly at :40

BC-NM-StHou-Contested, odd numbered hours at :45

BC-NM-House-Trend, hourly at :40

BC-NM-StHou-Trend, hourly at :40

BC-NM-Senate-Cnty, hourly at :50

BC-NM-Gov-Cnty, odd numbered hours at :50

BC-NM-AtyGen-Cnty, once at 02:00

BC-NM-Aud-Cnty, once at 02:00

BC-NM-Treas-Cnty, once at 02:00

BC-NM-SecSt-Cnty, once at 02:00

BC-NM-LndCom-Cnty, once at 02:00

BC-NM-AppCt-Cnty, once at 02:00

BC-NM-Amends-Cnty, once at 02:00

BC-NM-House-1-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 02:00

BC-NM-House-2-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 02:00

BC-NM-House-3-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 02:00

OPENWIRE/NEWSPOWER/NEWSPOWER MAX

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

AP-NM-Statewid-Glance-Sum, hourly at :10

AP-NM-Amends-Glance-Sum, hourly at :10

AP-NM-House-Contested, even numbered at :40

AP-NM-StHou-Contested, odd numbered hours at :45

AP-NM-House-Trend, hourly at :40

AP-NM-StHou-Trend, hourly at :40

HEADLINES

AP-NM-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, once hourly at :50

The AP, Albuqurque

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