Google uses AP results for New Hampshire election results map

After working with the Iowa Republican Party to count votes for the caucuses last week, Google produced a map of election results for the New Hampshire GOP primary on Tuesday night. In Iowa, Google provided the state GOP with a Google Apps setup that helped them count and verify vote totals, which were then pushed to a Google Map and to tables that anyone could use — essentially providing a free, competing service to the Associated Press’ own election results service. In New Hampshire, though, Google got its results like any news outlet: from the Associated Press. The AP provides rolling tallies on Election Night to clients that pay for one of its elections packages. The prices vary by the package and the client (and people in newsrooms have told me it’s not an inconsequential cost). “Google is a customer of AP,” said AP spokesman Paul Colford when I asked about the arrangement. “We do not discuss specifics of our business dealings with any customer.”

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  • http://twitter.com/palewire Ben Welsh

    The Los Angeles Times’ Data Desk has released an open-source library that makes it easier to pick up and use the AP’s data feed. Anyone interested in getting started with the service should give it a looks. It’s already used by The Times, The Chicago Tribune and has received open-source contributions from The Washington Times. Read about it here: http://datadesk.latimes.com/posts/2012/01/introducing-python-elections/