AP election coverage to include live video, shareable content

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The Associated Press on election night will have video interviews with staffers and other shareable content from across the U.S. to augment its reports to members and customers worldwide.

AP will offer that expertise to its member news organizations, customers and the public across all platforms when it counts the vote and covers the results.

"In this most contentious and controversial of election years, we are focused on ensuring our vote count, race calls, and our reporting and analysis of events are accurate, fast and authoritative," said AP Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee, who is in charge of campaign coverage. "We will be there to report what is occurring, in real time, and to quickly explore what it means for the country and the globe."

In addition to its robust text, photo and video coverage across all 50 states, AP will provide live video from voting sites across the U.S., candidate rallies and an AP vote count center, as well as live shots overlooking the Capitol and the White House. 

Shareable text, video and photo elements will be available on APNews.com and the AP News app, as well as on AP Twitter accounts. Unique to AP News will be video interviews with AP staffers from the Washington newsroom and "Voter Voices" videos from around the country. AP also plans to utilize Facebook Live during election night.

Here are the highlights of AP's coverage plans:

  • AP will be reporting the results for nearly 7,000 races, 4,700 of which are contested and will be tabulated, tallying the vote to elect the president, Congress and governors, plus state and some regional and local races. Its tabulation of results is used by almost every major news organization in the United States, plus numerous international clients.
  • AP will call the winner in the presidential race state by state, plus 34 Senate, 12 gubernatorial and 435 congressional races, using state-of-the-art analytical tools and its premier vote count to help determine when a race is decided. State-based race callers also will designate winners in about 4,000 additional down-ticket races, from state constitutional officers to state legislatures to ballot initiatives. 
  • Timely updates on presidential and other key races and an interactive showing the balance of power will be available on APNews.com as well as on the AP News app. Push alerts and breaking news banners will provide the latest news. You can download the AP News app here.

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