AP-SC--South Carolina US House 5 Primary Election Testing Advisory, SC

April 24, 2017 - 6:47 am

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The South Carolina US House 5 Primary Election is Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Poll Close: 7 p.m. ET.

First Results Expected: 7:30 p.m. ET

April 24 UPDATE

Precincts are final, beginning with testing Monday, April 24.

ELECTION PROFILE

The Associated Press will tabulate the US House 5 primary for the unexpired term of former Representative Mick Mulvaney-R, who was appointed Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Special primaries for two state house vacancies in Districts 48 and 70 will be reported as well.

ANOMALIES

To win the nomination, a candidate must receive a majority of 50% plus one votes. Otherwise, the top two candidates in each race will go to a runoff election on May 16, 2017. The special general election for these offices will occur on June 20, 2017.

CONTACTS - ELECTION REPORTS

Direct any questions about election reports, testing or delivery to AP Elections services to AP Customer Support at (877) 836-9477 or 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 Tim Rogers, phone (919) 510-8937; email tmrogers@ap.org.

CONTACTS - SERVICE CHANGES

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

TESTING INFORMATON

Testing Dates and Times:

April 24, 26, 27 (Monday-Wednesday-Thursday) 2-3 p.m. ET

LAST ELECTION TEST - May 1 (Monday) 2-3 p.m. ET - NO WINNERS WILL BE CALLED.

This advisory will be updated as needed throughout the testing period.

AP EXCHANGE SEARCH

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

Multi-State Search: (apgeography_name="South Carolina" OR apgeography_name="Pennsylvania") AND category="v'' AND slug="Election Testing."

AP NEWSROOM SEARCH

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

Multi-State Search: geography:("South Carolina" OR "Pennsylvania") AND category:v AND slug:"Election Testing"

ALTERNATE abbreviated Single State search: slug:("SC" AND "Election Testing") AND category:v

ALTERNATE abbreviated Multi-State search: slug:(("SC" OR "PA") AND "Election Testing") AND category:v

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 preliminary. AP will advise when they are final.

Uncontested races: AP does not tabulate uncontested races. The uncontested list will be sent during each test. A list of races, SC-Uncontested, will move to premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/SC/anpa/ and to state news and broadcast services after the last polls close. No uncontested list will be sent during the last day of testing.

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, SC-Winners will move to premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/SC/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 daily advisories during the testing period. Advisories move to news service advisory queues. Advisories will note updates to reports affecting candidates, races, precinct totals, etc., and will indicate the date when the updates will appear. Changes may be made up to Election Day.

Capture each test during the testing period, including the day before the election. Confirm (1) you have the latest updates, (2) reports include votes for each candidate in each race, and for digital users (3) every race goes to 100 percent of precincts reporting, unless otherwise noted in an advisory.

All reports move to news and broadcast services in each test. Frequency of test reports may not reflect the election night schedule detailed below. For example, county tables for contested U.S. House races move to Member Choice subscribers in each hour-long test, but will move just twice on election night. Premium service subscribers should note schedules for their regular AP services and for FTP folders.

ELECTION DAY INFORMATION

Premium Election Customers:

Premium Election Products (API, APEO-FTP, ANPA-FTP, Elections Hosted)

Will have live zeros by 2 a.m. ET, Election Day

Will have live results after polls close

AP Exchange, AP Newsroom & Webfeeds Users:

On Election Day from 1-2 p.m. ET, there will be a "live" (nontest) 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.

After polls close, live results will move to AP Exchange, AP Newsroom and Webfeeds per the schedule as noted in this advisory.

DEFINITIONS OF KEY WORDS IN STATE SLUGS

"TopRaces-Glance-Sum" is a vote summary, showing the total number of precincts in each race, the number of precincts reporting, the percentage of precincts reporting, the candidates' names, their numbers of votes and the percentage of the vote they have at that time for the following races: Dem US House 5 and GOP US House 5.

"StHou-Sum" are vote summaries, showing the total number of precincts in each race, the number of precincts reporting, the percentage of precincts reporting, the candidates' names, their numbers of votes and the percentage of the vote they have at that time for the following races: GOP State House 48 and Dem State House 70.

"Cnty" shows the total number of precincts in the race, the total number of precincts in each county, the number of precincts reporting, the votes for each editorial candidate, and the sum of all other candidates' votes as "others", by county, in tabular format for the following races: Dem US House 5 and GOP US House 5.

"CntyLong" are vote summaries listed by county showing the total number of precincts in the race, the total number of precincts in each county, the number of precincts reporting, the votes for each editorial candidate, and the sum of all other candidates' votes as "others", by county, in summary format for the following races: Dem US House 5 and GOP US House 5.

"Uncontested" lists candidates in all uncontested races.

"Winners" lists winners of all contested 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 each hour to digital feeds and news/broadcast services after polls close election night:

Premium Elections Results via Digital Feeds (API, ANPA-FTP, APEO-FTP, Hosted): Results are updated every three minutes for API, four to five minutes for APEO-FTP and ANPA-FTP, and five to seven minutes for Hosted.

BC-SC-TopRaces-Glance-Sum

BC-SC-GOP-StHou-48-Sum

BC-SC-Dem-StHou-70-Sum

BC-SC-Dem-House-5-Cnty

BC-SC-GOP-House-5-Cnty

BC-SC-Dem-House-5-CntyLong

BC-SC-GOP-House-5-CntyLong

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

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

BC-SC-GOP-StHou-48-Sum, every two hours starting at :45 on the odd hour

BC-SC-Dem-StHou-70-Sum, every two hours starting at :45 on the odd hour

BC-SC-Dem-House-5-Cnty, twice at 10:15 p.m. and 1:15 am

BC-SC-GOP-House-5-Cnty, twice at 10:15 p.m. and 1:15 am

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

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

AP-SC-GOP-StHou-48-Sum, every two hours starting at :45 on the odd hour

AP-SC-Dem-StHou-70-Sum, every two hours starting at :45 on the odd hour

Headlines, includes Webfeeds and AP Exchange:

AP-SC-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, once an hour starting at :50

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