- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

EDITORS:

NEWS DIRECTORS:

UPDATES

-10/8: Increase frequency of U.S. House county tables to Members Choice.

DETAILS

Florida general election will be on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Testing of The AP’s election night reporting system is in progress.

-Poll Closing: 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern; 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Central.

-Election Night Results: First returns are expected before 7:30 p.m. Eastern; 6:30 p.m. Central.

-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, Monday, Nov. 3.

Race call alerts for U.S. House races and races in the Top Races Glance 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 uncontested 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. There is no uncontested list sent the last day of testing.

-Winners: The 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 FL- Winners at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/FL/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

Republican Gov. Rick Scott is facing Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist in a race that has gotten significant national attention.

The other race to watch is Amendment 2, which would allow Florida doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to their patients. Two other measures are on the ballot. Amendment 1 would commit over a billion dollars over 20 years to land conservation efforts. Amendment 3 would allow outgoing governors to replace state Supreme Court justices who are leaving office at the same time, rather than the incoming governor.

The Republicans are expected to keep their wide margin in the congressional delegation as only a handful of the 27 races are expected to be competitive. The two most-watched races pit Republican incumbent Steve Southerland against Democrat Gwen Graham, the daughter of the popular former governor and senator, Bob Graham, in the Panhandle’s District 2. In South Florida’s District 26, Democratic freshman Joe Garcia is facing a stiff challenge from Republican school board member Carlos Curbelo.

The three Republican incumbents are expected to retain their seats in the Florida Cabinet: Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. The GOP is also expected to retain large margins in both houses of the Florida Legislature.

ELECTION ANOMALIES

-Because Florida is in two time zones calls for statewide races and amendments, or any race not wholly located in the Eastern Time Zone will not be called until all polls are closed in the state.

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 - Monday, Nov. 3 from 1-2 p.m. Eastern; noon-1 p.m. Central.

-There will be a live zero transmission from 1-2 p.m. Eastern / noon-1 p.m. Central 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 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.

-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 [email protected]

CONTACTS - ELECTION REPORTS

-Direct questions about election reports and testing to AP Customer Support at (877) 836-9477 or [email protected]

-Direct questions about news and photo coverage to News Editor Terry Spencer, phone (305) 594-5825;

email [email protected]

CONTACTS - TECHNICAL

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

CONTACTS - SERVICE CHANGES

-Print members interested in premium services should contact Chief of Bureau Jim Baltzelle, phone (305)

594-5825; email [email protected]

-TV members should contact Regional Television Executive Bob Young, phone (770) 518-9511; email [email protected]

-Large-market radio members should contact Sales Executive John Harris, phone (704) 358-1943; email [email protected]

-Small-market radio members should contact Starr Talley, phone (202) 641-9057; email [email protected]

DEFINITIONS OF KEY WORDS IN SLUGS

-“TopRaces-Glance-Sum” includes total of number precincts reporting, the candidates’ names, their vote tallies and the percentage precincts reporting at that point for Governor, Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer, Agricultural Commissioner, Amendment 2-Medical Marijuana, U.S. House 2 and U.S. House 26.

-“Cnty” gives vote totals in tabular format by county for each candidate in these contested races: Governor, U.S House and Amendment 2-Medical Marijuana.

-“Contested” gives vote summaries by office type for these contested races: U.S. House, state Senate and state House.

-“Glance” reports, packaged by office type, gives summaries by race for these races: District Couurt retention elections and Circuit Court runoff elections.

-“Reg-Geo” gives vote totals by county for each candidate by geographic region in table format for these races: Governor and Amendment 2-Medical Marijuana.

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-“Reo-GeoLong” gives vote total by county for each candidate by geographic region in text format for these races: Governor and Amendment 2-Medical Marijuana.

-“CntyLong” gives vote summaries for each candidate for president in a county by county, long format for the following races: contested U.S. House races in more than one county, Governor, and Amendment 2-Medical Marijuana.

-State Trend tables - summarizing balance of power / trend data — will be provided for U.S. House, state Senate and state House.

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

-FL-Amend-2-MedMarij-Cnty

-FL-Amend-2-MedMarij-CntyLong-3-Takes

-FL-Amend-2-MedMarij-Reg-Geo-Long

-FL-Amend-All

-FL-CktJdg-Glance-Sum

-FL-DistCt-Glance-Sum

-FL-Gov-Cnty-2-Takes

-FL-Gov-CntyLong-3-Takes

-FL-Gov-Reg-Geo-Long

-FL-Gov-Reg-Geo-Sum-2-Takes

-FL-House-10-Cnty

-FL-House-10-CntyLong

-FL-House-11-Cnty

-FL-House-11-CntyLong

-FL-House-15-Cnty

-FL-House-15-CntyLong

-FL-House-16-Cnty

-FL-House-16-CntyLong

-FL-House-17-Cnty

-FL-House-17-CntyLong

-FL-House-18-Cnty

-FL-House-18-CntyLong

-FL-House-19-Cnty

-FL-House-19-CntyLong

-FL-House-1-Cnty

-FL-House-1-CntyLong

-FL-House-20-Cnty

-FL-House-20-CntyLong

-FL-House-22-Cnty

-FL-House-22-CntyLong

-FL-House-23-Cnty

-FL-House-23-CntyLong

-FL-House-24-Cnty

-FL-House-24-CntyLong

-FL-House-26-Cnty

-FL-House-26-CntyLong

-FL-House-2-Cnty

-FL-House-2-CntyLong

-FL-House-3-Cnty

-FL-House-3-CntyLong

-FL-House-4-CntyLong

-FL-House-5-Cnty

-FL-House-5-CntyLong

-FL-House-6-Cnty

-FL-House-6-CntyLong

-FL-House-7-Cnty

-FL-House-7-CntyLong

-FL-House-8-Cnty

-FL-House-8-CntyLong

-FL-House-9-Cnty

-FL-House-Contested

-FL-House-Trend

-FL-StHou-Contested-2-Takes

-FL-StHou-Trend

-FL-StSen-Contested

-FL-TopRaces-Glance-Sum

-FL-Uncontested

-FL-Winners

MEMBERS CHOICE

-BC-FL-Amend-2-MedMarij-Cnty (even numbered hours at :40)

-BC-FL-Amend-All (hourly at :10)

-BC-FL-CktJdg-Glance-Sum (hourly at :45)

-BC-FL-DistCt-Glance-Sum (hourly at :45)

-BC-FL-Gov-Cnty-2-Takes (odd numbered hours at :50)

-BC-FL-House-10-Cnty (twice during theevening at 23:10 and 03:10)

-BC-FL-House-11-Cnty (twice during the evening at 23:10 and 03:10)

-BC-FL-House-15-Cnty (twice during the evening at 23:10 and 03:10)

-BC-FL-House-16-Cnty (twice during the evening at 23:10 and 03:10)

-BC-FL-House-17-Cnty (twice during the evening at 23:10 and 03:10)

-BC-FL-House-18-Cnty (twice during the evening at 23:10 and 03:10)

-BC-FL-House-19-Cnty (twice during the evening at 23:10 and 03:10)

-BC-FL-House-1-Cnty (twice during the evening at 23:10 and 03:10)

-BC-FL-House-20-Cnty (twice during the evening at 23:15 and 03:15)

-BC-FL-House-22-Cnty (twice during the evening at 23:15 and 03:15)

-BC-FL-House-23-Cnty (twice during the evening at 23:15 and 03:15)

-BC-FL-House-24-Cnty (twice during the evening at 23:20 and 03:20)

-BC-FL-House-26-Cnty (twice during the evening at 23:20 and 03:20)

-BC-FL-House-2-Cnty (twice during the evening at 23:20 and 03:20)

-BC-FL-House-3-Cnty (twice during the evening at 23:00 and 03:00)

-BC-FL-House-4-Cnty (twice during the evening at 23:00 and 03:00)

-BC-FL-House-5-Cnty (twice during the evening at 23:00 and 03:00)

-BC-FL-House-6-Cnty (twice during the evening at 23:05 and 03:05)

-BC-FL-House-7-Cnty (twice during the evening at 23:05 and 03:05)

-BC-FL-House-8-Cnty (twice during the evening at 23:05 and 03:05)

-BC-FL-House-9-Cnty (twice during the evening at 23:05 and 03:05)

-BC-FL-House-Contested (hourly at :40)

-BC-FL-House-Trend (hourly at :40)

-BC-FL-StHou-Contested-2-Takes (odd numbered hours at :45)

-BC-FL-StHou-Trend (hourly at :40)

-BC-FL-StSen-Contested (even numbered hours at :40)

-BC-FL-TopRaces-Glance-Sum (twice hourly at :20 and :50)

-BC-FL-Uncontested (once at the start of the evening)

-BC-FL-Winners (once at the end of the evening)

NEWSPOWER

-AP-FL-Amend-2-MedMarij-Cnty (even numbered hours at :40)

-AP-FL-Amend-All (hourly at :10)

-AP-FL-CktJdg-Glance-Sum (once during the evening at 22:45)

-AP-FL-DistCt-Glance-Sum (once during the evening at 22:45)

-AP-FL-House-Trend (hourly at :40)

-AP-FL-StHou-Contested-2-Takes (odd numbered hours at :45)

-AP-FL-StHou-Trend (hourly at :40)

-AP-FL-StSen-Contested (even numbered hours at :40)

-AP-FL-TopRaces-Glance-Sum (twice hourly at :20 and :50)

-AP-FL-Uncontested (once at the start of the evening)

-AP-FL-Winners (once at the end of the evening)

HEADLINES

-AP-FL-TopRaces-Glance-Sum (hourly at :50)

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