AP not calling these races until the number of outstanding votes can be verified: Va. Senate.; Conn. gov.; Colo. gov.; Alaska gov, Senate.
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) November 5, 2014
Hours later, only the Colorado and Connecticut gubernatorial races had additionally been called.
In all, AP tabulated results for more than 4,500 races last night, and our definitive race calls were cited by our members and customers around the world, from newspapers to major portals to national broadcasters. AP’s vote count also drove conversations on Twitter and Facebook.
“I’m always awed to see the AP’s race-calling operation in action and last night was no exception,” said Sally Buzbee, AP’s Washington bureau chief. “The team spends election night watching the vote come in, discussing what the numbers mean and what’s yet to be determined. Our members and customers rely on us on election night to get it first, but first get it right, and we’re thrilled to have delivered for them.”
This mini-documentary produced in AP’s Washington bureau using 15-second Instagram videos gives a peek at how the night unfolded in the newsroom.