‘Misfire’! MSNBC accidentally airs voting tallies of Fla. governor’s race day before the vote

MSNBC flashed a graphic on screen Monday night of the vote totals for the Florida gubernatorial race that showed the Democratic candidate in the lead — the problem being, of course, that the election is held on Tuesday.

Fox News contributor Sara Carter tweeted a link to a Deadline article reporting that the network “briefly put a graphic onscreen that showed ‘vote counts’ for the Florida gubernatorial race — you know, the one being held tomorrow.”

Carter posted: “MSNBC accidentally shows false results of Tomorrow’s election that has not happened in Florida showing socialist Gillum in slight lead against ⁦@RonDeSantisFL⁩. Wishful thinking? What do you think.”

The graphic had Gillum up by over 45,000 votes with 99 percent of the ballots in.

An “embarrassed” Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC’s “All In,” acknowledged the mistake on air, according to Deadline.

“Quick clarification here,” Hayes said. “Just want to say, earlier this hour, we showed a graphic of the Florida gubernatorial race.”

 

“May have caught your eye because our system had inadvertently populated some test numbers,” he continued. “Obviously, we do not yet have any vote totals here, the night before the election. That was a misfire. Don’t worry. I was pretty confused when I saw it up there, to see it myself.”

And they wonder why folks call them “fake news.”

The snafu is sure to take on added significance should Andrew Gillum, a radically left Democrat, be elected governor of Florida. A media favorite, Gillum leads in some polls in a tight race against Republican Ron DeSantis, despite a corruption probe by the FBI currently underway in Tallahassee, where Gillum serves as mayor.

As one social media user observed, this could backfire on Democrats.

“No worries, Republicans are too smart to be fooled by this. Dems, however, might say, “Great, no need for me to vote.” Backfire!” a tweet read.

Here’s a sampling of responses from the GOP faithful, who have other ideas about the outcome of Tuesday’s election:

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The longest-tenured writer at BizPac Review, Tom grew up in Maryland before moving to Central Florida as a young teen. It is in the Sunshine State that he honed both his passion for politics and his writing skills.
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