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.”
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 https://t.co/IHaTFIAYEq
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) November 6, 2018
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.
LOL! No worries, Republicans are too smart to be fooled by this. Dems, however, might say, "Great, no need for me to vote." Backfire! https://t.co/qp55EirgOE
— Irene Doyle Sandler (@irenemariejoy) November 6, 2018
Here’s a sampling of responses from the GOP faithful, who have other ideas about the outcome of Tuesday’s election:
Boy! That is wishful thinking! Hasn’t this happened before? Networks flashing final results long before the end of the precincts have all reported. It would be an issue if only their results were actually true. Right up till Election Day, Hillary was 97% predicted Winner.
— Kurt Harlacher (@KurtHarlacher) November 6, 2018
How do you show results before the election???
— Joel Edmonson (@JoelEdmonson) November 6, 2018
Dont forget about us in CST in Northwest Florida. We are heavily Red here! Our polls dont close till 8pm EST
— ??Biz Benefits & USAF Vet (@RaulRam3) November 6, 2018
@msnbc Got caught posting their phony results too early.. The people of Florida need to see this first thing this morning so they know that Democrats are still trying as hard as ever to rig elections around the country
— karma (@thetypeofguy69) November 6, 2018
This is nothing but an attempt to play mind games with the voters.
— Wayne Wastier (@hww1955) November 6, 2018
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