How AP Calls
AP journalists are armed with on-the-ground knowledge of their territory. No other organization can match AP’s
The Associated Press has a long and successful track record of calling election winners quickly and accurately for members and customers around the world.
The responsibility for calling races rests with experienced journalists in each state. They are armed with on-the-ground knowledge of their territory that no other national news organization can match. In addition, they have a wealth of detailed information from AP’s election research team, including demographics, the number of absentee ballots and political issues that may affect the outcome of races they must call.
On election night, race callers in each state are assisted by experts in AP’s Washington bureau who examine exit poll numbers and votes as they are counted. A "decision desk" in Washington, headed by the Washington bureau chief, has the final signoff on all top-of-the-ticket calls.
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