MSNBC, the left-wing cable news network, mistakenly displayed the results of the Florida governor race, declaring Democrat Andrew Gillum the winner, before polls even opened.
Today’s Florida governor race
The Florida governor race is tight, and, as of now, Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum has the edge over Trump-endorsed Ron DeSantis. Gillum, however, is dogged by multiple incidents of corruption. (RELATED: Dem Nominee For Florida Governor Is Progressive Mayor With Corruption Investigation Swirling Around Him.)
But as Florida voters go to the polls today, MSNBC has apparently informed them that the race is over. The Washington Times reports:
MSNBC, a day before the elections — on Monday evening, before polls even opened for on-site voting — put up a graphic on screen, on air, that showed the “vote counts” of the Florida governor’s race with Democrat Andrew Gillum leading Republican Ron DeSantis with a 49.4 percent to 48.8 percent lead. Oh, and that’s with nearly all the district numbers counted.
MSNBC, on Monday, day before election, airs ‘vote counts’ of Florida with Gillum beating DeSantis – https://t.co/1tcyjzqyEH – @washtimes MSNBC put up a graphic on air that showed the “vote counts” in Florida w/ Dem Gillum leading GOPer Ron DeSantis, 49.4 percent to 48.8 percent.
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) November 6, 2018
MSNBC’s accidental graphic
Here is the graphic in question:
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
Let’s be charitable and assume this was an honest mistake. News networks make graphics in advance all the time. What’s discomfiting about this particular graphic is its specificity. Were the actual number of votes chosen at random? Is it a prediction?
The winner of today’s governor race in Florida
Regardless, MSNBC is surely engaging in wishful thinking here. The network is painfully biased against President Trump and openly roots for Democrat victories. Perhaps this was just over exuberance on the part of the channel’s producers.
As always, we’ll only know the results of the Florida governor race – and every other race today for that matter – once the polls close.
Happy election day!