AP Election Style Guide: No ‘Horse Race,’ Bill Clinton Is ‘First Gentleman’

Just in case you were wondering.

The Associated Press has updated its 2016 election style guide. Here are some highlights:

  • If (when!) Hillary Clinton wins, Bill Clinton should be referred to as “former President Bill Clinton.” “First gentleman” — always lowercase, unless at the start of a sentence — can also be used. First Dude was, unfortunately, not mentioned.
  • Avoid “horse race.” “Closely contested” is preferred.
  • “presidential election” is lowercase.
  • President and vice president are capitalized before names, lowercase otherwise.
  • “front-runner” is hyphenated.
  • Avoid “populist.”