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Stay in the know after the final votes are counted

The issues, events and people that shape the political landscape, delivered 24/7

We have set the standard for political reporting for nearly 170 years. Count on us to provide the stories, data and analysis that drive awareness.

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Our political coverage

Deliver reliable coverage from the campaign trail to grassroots protests

2020 elections

We tabulate the outcome of nearly every U.S. state and national primary, general election and referendum. Count on us as the definitive source for 2020 election night results, as well as historical elections data.

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The new standard in election research

Developed with NORC at the University of Chicago, AP VoteCast is a modern approach to public opinion research designed to deliver a broader and more accurate picture of the American electorate than ever before.  With the accuracy of random sampling combined with the depth of an online poll that interviews tens of thousands, AP VoteCast can help you tell the whole story of the 2020 elections — quickly and accurately.

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Access and expertise

Our trained political teams consistently utilize the Freedom of Information Act, establish relationships with sources and fight for access that provides exclusive insight and analysis.

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Investigative reporting

We are an aggressive advocate for the importance of transparency and accountability in government through freedom of information. We commit to delivering in-depth, unbiased political coverage that keeps audiences informed.

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Breadth of coverage

From local initiatives to major political unrest around, we deliver multiformat coverage of the government activity that affects audiences. We’ve captured images and footage of the moments that have shaped history for more than a century, all available to you through our archives.

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Hyperlocal presence

We have reporters on the ground in every U.S. statehouse and in more than 100 countries, giving you the advantage of instant access to breaking news coverage of politics in your community and around the world.

2018 AP VoteCast data available for download

With its debut in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, AP VoteCast set the new standard in election research. In our commitment to transparency, AP and NORC at the University of Chicago have made the 2018 data publicly available for download and presented a detailed report on its success at the 2019 AAPOR conference.

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