The 2016 race for president continues with the South Carolina Democratic primary on Saturday, Feb. 27. Polls close at 7 p.m. EST. Here are AP’s all-formats coverage plans, with detailed notes for broadcast and visual formats after the plans for text.
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All times listed are Eastern.
TEXT/EARLY HOURS OF FEB. 27
2016-ELECTION RDP – Mainbar. A preview of the South Carolina primary. This is an analytical reader that should largely stand until late-afternoon, with updates on merits in the event of breaking news. Narrative. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 a.m., photos.
TEXT/MORNING OF FEB. 27
2016-ELECTION-SOUTH CAROLINA VOTES – Lead sidebar built around interviews with voters, with a final version to move as polls close in South Carolina. Block Text. UPCOMING: 500 words by 11 a.m., 800 words by 7 p.m., photos.
2016-ELECTION-THE LATEST – A running account of the day at the polls in South Carolina and the latest news on election day. UPCOMING: 130 words by 8 a.m., photos.
TEXT/AFTERNOON AND EVENING OF FEB. 27
2016-ELECTION RDP – A running story that captures the day in full and results of the South Carolina Democratic primary. Narrative. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos. Updated through the night.
2016-ELECTION-THE LATEST – A running account of the day at the polls in South Carolina and the latest news on election day. Updated through the night.
2016-ELECTION-EXIT POLL – Highlights of the exit polls. Short summary and five to six items. Block text. UPCOMING: 800 words by 8 p.m., photos.
TEXT/EARLY HOURS OF FEB. 28
2016-ELECTION RDP – Mainbar. An updated story on the South Carolina Democratic primary that looks ahead to Super Tuesday. Narrative. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 a.m., photos.
2016-ELECTION-EXIT POLL – Lead sidebar. An updated look at the exit poll results. Block text. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 a.m., photos.
TEXT/MORNING OF FEB. 28
2016-ELECTION RDP – Mainbar. A running story that captures the day after the vote and the shift of the race to Super Tuesday. Narrative. UPCOMING: 600 words by 10 a.m., 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
2016-ELECTION-THE LATEST – A running account of breaking news the day after South Carolina Democratic primary. UPCOMING: 130 words by 8 a.m., photos. Updated through the day.
CAMPAIGN 2016-SUPER TUESDAY-NEWS GUIDE – All you need to know about Super Tuesday, the next major milestone in the race for president. Block text. UPCOMING: 800-1,000 words by 11 a.m., photos.
Spot photo coverage of candidates during the day, with coverage expedited from election night rallies. Coverage is also planned of polling sites.
AP will provide last-minute campaigning, results and post-primary speech coverage for AP Television, APVUS and online customers, as well as interviews with voters and analysis of the outcome. AP will provide a mix of live, edits and video packages.
AP Radio will provide live reports in regularly scheduled top of the hour newscasts and bottom of the hour updates. The newscasts and updates will air on the main channel, AP-1.
Unanchored post-primary speeches will be carried on special events channels AP-2 and AP-3. Sound from these events will be available on PrimeCuts and via satellite on the hourly cuts feeds.
An interactive delegate tracker will provide a tally of allocated delegates and will be updated through the night.
A results graphic ELN DELEGATE TRACKER SC DEM will move by 9 p.m., and will be updated as needed through the night with vote results and delegate allocation.
An entrance poll graphic ELN SC DEM EXIT POLLS will move by 8:30 p.m., and update as needed.
A graphic tracking the lengths of candidates’ campaigns, 2016 CANDIDATES, will move by 6 p.m. and be updated if any candidates announce they are dropping out.
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