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Massachusetts Presidential Primary Election Test, Advisory

February 7, 2020 GMT

EDITORS:

NEWS DIRECTORS:

NOT FOR BROADCAST, PUBLICATION OR USE ONLINE

The Massachusetts presidential preference primary election is Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Poll close: 8:00 p.m. EST

First results expected: 8:15 p.m. EST

CONTACTS - TESTING, REPORTS, DELIVERY, COVERAGE, DOCUMENTATION, SERVICES:

Direct questions about election testing, reports or delivery to AP elections services to AP Customer Support at 877-836-9477 or apcustomersupport@ap.org. Premium service details can be found in welcome letters.

Direct questions about news and photo coverage to News Editor Bill Kole at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org.

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

Members and customers interested in premium AP Election Services should contact their sales rep or Customer Support at 877-836-9477 or apcustomersupport@ap.org.

NATIONAL TESTING:

See US—Election Testing Advisory for details about national testing, reports and delivery details.

ELECTION PROFILE:

The Associated Press will tabulate and report the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries from 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. In addition to the 15 Democratic and four Republican candidates, “No Preference” will be tabulated and released in each party primary.

TESTING INFORMATION:

Monday, Feb. 10, 2 – 3:30 p.m. EST: All Customer

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1 – 5 p.m. EST: All Customer (asterisk)

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2 – 3:30 p.m. EST: All Customer (No TTT)

Monday, Feb. 17, 12:30 – 2 p.m. EST: All Customer

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. EST: All Customer

Thursday, Feb. 20, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EST: All Customer (No TTT)

Monday, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST: All Customer

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. EST: All Customer (asterisk)

Thursday, Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m. – noon EST: All Customer (No TTT)

Monday, March 2, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. EST: All Customer

(asterisk) The February 12 and 26 tests are longer and designed to have staggered starts for national customers. Some states may not see votes until later in the tests. All states will go to 100 percent by the end of testing.

Test results are created electronically to test the accuracy of the election night reporting system. They should not be broadcast, published, replicated or posted on websites.

This advisory will be updated throughout the testing period. Races, candidates and precincts are considered preliminary until AP advises that they are final. Changes may be made up to Election Day.

Zeros will be transmitted after testing on the eve of the election, and again from 1-2 p.m. EST on Election Day.

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.

Winners: AP will move a list of unofficial winners, MA-Winners, at the end of tabulation and during each test, except on the final day of testing.

End of tabulation: AP will advise when its election night tabulation of results has concluded, generally before 6 p.m. EST the day after the election.

DELEGATE ALLOCATION:

During testing and on election night, AP will allocate presidential delegates, except during the day of the final test, Monday, March 2. Allocation may not reach 100% of available delegates during testing or on election night.

The Massachusetts Democrats have 91 pledged delegates, allocated by district and statewide vote per standard Democratic proportional allocation rules. The Massachusetts Republicans have 41 pledged delegates allocated proportionally by statewide vote.

ELECTION DAY INFORMATION:

Premium Election Customers:

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

AP Newsroom and Webfeeds Users:

On Election Day from 1-2 p.m. EST, there will be a “live” (nontest) transmission of reports with zeros sent to AP Newsroom and Webfeeds. 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 following contests AP considers editorially significant: Democratic and Republican presidential primaries.

“Cnty” provides results in tabular format by city/town for a race.

“CntyLong” provides results in summary format by city/town for a race.

“Delg-SumD” shows the number of delegates estimated to be allocated to each candidate in the Democratic and Republican presidential primary races.

“Delg-Dist” includes Democratic candidates’ delegate allocations by Congressional District, with the total number of precincts reporting. The Republicans do not allocate by Congressional District.

“Reg-County” provides results in tabular format by county and city/town for a race.

“Reg-County-Sum” provides results in a tabular format by county for a race.

“Reg-CD-Sum” provides results for each Democratic primary candidate by Congressional District in a tabular format.

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

MA-TopRaces-Glance-Sum

MA-Dem-Delg-SumD

MA-Dem-Delg-Dist, 4 Takes

MA-Dem-Pres-CntyLong, 14 Takes

MA-Dem-Pres-Cnty, 4 Takes

MA-Dem-Pres-Reg-County-Sum, 4 Takes

MA-Dem-Pres-Reg-County, 4 Takes

MA-Dem-Pres-Reg-CD-Sum, 4 Takes

MA-GOP-Delg-SumD

MA-GOP-Pres-Cnty, 2 Takes

MA-GOP-Pres-CntyLong, 14 Takes

MA-GOP-Pres-Reg-County-Sum, 2 Takes

MA-GOP-Pres-Reg-County, 2 Takes

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

MA-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, at :20 and :50

MA-Dem-Delg-SumD, at :05, :35

MA-GOP-Delg-SumD, at :05, :35

MA-Dem-Delg-Dist, 4 Takes, at :40

MA-Dem-Pres-Cnty, 4 Takes, at :20

MA-GOP-Pres-Cnty, 2 Takes, at :20

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

MA-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, at :20 and :50

MA-Dem-Delg-SumD, at :35

MA-GOP-Delg-SumD, at :35

Headlines, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

MA-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, at :50

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