Michigan State Primary Election Testing Advisory

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NEWS DIRECTORS:

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The Michigan state primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020.

Poll close: 8: and 9 p.m. EDT (7 and 8 p.m. CDT)

First results expected: 8:15 p.m. EDT (7:15 p.m. CDT)

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 Roger Schneider, phone (312) 781-0500; email rschneider@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 AP is tabulating 16 contested Dem and GOP U.S. House races and more than 100 Dem and GOP state house races in the state primary.

“Squad” member Rashida Tlaib, one of four Democratic first-term congresswomen of color who has drawn the ire of President Donald Trump, has a potentially tough re-election for the 13th District in the Detroit area. Unlike in 2018, when she won a six-person primary, she faces a one-on-one showdown with Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones – whom she narrowly defeated two years ago. Jones is a threat – having edged out Tlaib the same day in a four-way race to fill the remainder of the term following the resignation of John Conyers.

Several other competitive U.S. House races are also on ballots around the state, including two districts left open by incumbents’ impending retirements. In the 3rd District in the Grand Rapids area, Republican-turned-independent Justin Amash’s decision to not run again has sparked a five-person GOP primary. The leading candidates include Army veteran Peter Meijer – his family built the chain of grocery and general merchandise stores – and state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis. Democrats hope to contest for the seat in November.

Republican Rep. Paul Mitchell is stepping down from the 10th District, which stretches from the northern Detroit suburbs into the Thumb. The primary winner – state Rep. Shane Hernandez, businesswoman Lisa McClain or retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Doug Slocum – is expected to keep the seat in Republican hands in the fall.

Two other closely watched GOP primaries are the 8th and 11th districts, Detroit-area seats that Democrats Elissa Slotkin and Haley Stevens flipped in the 2018 midterm. Republicans who want to win them back must first choose among primary fields that feature mostly untested political newcomers.

Also up for re-election are members of the Michigan House. There is no primary in the U.S. Senate race that pits Republican challenger John James against Democratic first-term Sen. Gary Peters.

TESTING INFORMATION:

Monday, July 20, 3 p.m.–4 p.m. EDT

Thursday, July 23, 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. EDT

Friday, July 24, 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. EDT

Monday, July 27, 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. EDT

Thursday, July 30, 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. EDT

Friday, July 31, 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. EDT

Monday, Aug. 3, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT

Tests lasting three hours will have staggered starts across the participating states 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. Report frequency in testing may not reflect the actual election night schedule. For example, county tables for contested statewide races move to Member Choice subscribers in each test but move just twice election night.

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.

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, MI-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. EDT (5 p.m. CDT) the day after the election.

ELECTION DAY INFORMATION:

Premium Election Customers:

API, APEO-FTP, ANPA-FTP, DNE Elections will have live zeros by 2 a.m. EDT (1 a.m. CDT) Election Day.

AP Newsroom and Webfeeds Users:

On Election Day from 1-2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. CDT), 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 contests AP considers editorially significant: Democratic and Republican presidential primaries.

“Contested” provides results in summary format for contested legislative races.

“Cnty” provides results in tabular format by county for a race.

“CntyLong” provides results in summary format by county for a race.

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.

MI-TopRaces-Glance-Sum

MI-GOP-House-Contested

MI-Dem-House-Contested

MI-GOP-StHou-Contested

MI-Dem-StHou-Contested

MI-Dem-House-1-CntyLong

MI-GOP-House-3-CntyLong

MI-Dem-House-4-CntyLong

MI-GOP-House-5-CntyLong

MI-GOP-House-6-CntyLong

MI-Dem-House-6-CntyLong

MI-GOP-House-8-CntyLong

MI-GOP-House-9-CntyLong

MI-GOP-House-10-CntyLong

MI-Dem-House-10-CntyLong

MI-GOP-House-11-CntyLong

MI-Dem-House-12-CntyLong

MI-GOP-House-14-CntyLong

MI-Dem-House-14-CntyLong

MI-Dem-House-1-Cnty

MI-GOP-House-3-Cnty

MI-Dem-House-4-Cnty

MI-GOP-House-5-Cnty

MI-GOP-House-6-Cnty

MI-Dem-House-6-Cnty

MI-GOP-House-8-Cnty

MI-GOP-House-9-Cnty

MI-GOP-House-10-Cnty

MI-Dem-House-10-Cnty

MI-GOP-House-11-Cnty

MI-Dem-House-12-Cnty

MI-GOP-House-14-Cnty

MI-Dem-House-14-Cnty

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

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

MI-GOP-House-Contested, at :40

MI-Dem-House-Contested, at :40

MI-GOP-StHou-Contested, odd-numbered hours at :45

MI-Dem-StHou-Contested, odd-numbered hours at :45

MI-Dem-House-1-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 2:00

MI-GOP-House-3-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 2:00

MI-Dem-House-4-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 2:00

MI-GOP-House-5-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 2:00

MI-GOP-House-6-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 2:00

MI-Dem-House-6-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 2:00

MI-GOP-House-8-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 2:00

MI-GOP-House-9-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 2:00

MI-GOP-House-10-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 2:00

MI-Dem-House-10-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 2:00

MI-GOP-House-11-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 2:00

MI-Dem-House-12-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 2:00

MI-GOP-House-14-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 2:00

MI-Dem-House-14-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 2:00

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

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

MI-GOP-House-Contested, at :40

MI-Dem-House-Contested, at :40

MI-GOP-StHou-Contested, odd-numbered hours at :45

MI-Dem-StHou-Contested, odd-numbered hours at :45

Headlines, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

MI-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, at :50

The AP, Detroit