Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was declared the winner in Mississippi’s primary on Tuesday evening despite losing every county.
So how did it happen? “The most trusted name in news” got it dead wrong.
“We have our first projection of the night … Bernie Sanders,” CNN host Wolf Blitzer said with the screen showing Sanders triumphant in the state, BizPac Review reports. The screen was wrong and the error was quickly caught.
“Not, not happening right now,” he quickly corrected as the screen went to black. It then changed to accurately show former Vice President Joe Biden as the winner.
The screen then went black again and shifted between Biden and a blank screen as Blitzer accurately reported the winner.
“Joe Biden is the winner of the Mississippi primary. Joe Biden carries Mississippi primary. Joe Biden carries Mississippi. There we have it right there. You can see it,” the host continued.
“Oh, maybe you can’t see it,” he added. “We’ll fix that technical problem. But the most important thing is this: Joe Biden is the winner in Mississippi.”
— Rachel R. Gonzalez (@RachelRGonzalez) March 11, 2020
Check it out:
I swear @CNN gave me a heart attack for a second when they flashed a graphic stating Sanders won Mississippi…thankfully the network came back to reality in a nanosecond #PrimaryElection #MississippiPrimary pic.twitter.com/8kXTsIdzMC
— Alfonso Robinson (@ctblogger) March 11, 2020
— Florida For Biden 🥁 (@FloridaForBiden) March 11, 2020
@CNN almost gave me a heart attack when they erroneously put Sanders won Mississippi.. 🤦🏽♀️
— Money (@4everMolove) March 11, 2020
Did anyone else about have a heart attack when CNN announced Sanders won Mississippi and then corrected themselves? pic.twitter.com/OvdPm7byQY
— Gina "I'm A Biden Democrat" (@TexasBluein20) March 11, 2020
CNN just accidentally showed a graphic that said Bernie won Mississippi and I went through quite the series of confused emotions during that 2 seconds
— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) March 11, 2020
— Justin Miller (@jmiller_justin) March 11, 2020
CNN just gave a lot of people a heart attack with that Mississippi projection. #PrimaryElection
— Atticus (@AtticusSays) March 11, 2020
CNN scared the crap out of me though. Their projection screen glitched and showed Bernie had won Mississippi. lol
— Matthew Wilson (@matt1986_wilson) March 11, 2020
Omg @CNNPolitics opens with projection on screen that @BernieSanders wins Mississippi, then screen goes blank, and it goes back up saying @JoeBiden projected winning. I swear CNN is run by high school interns. #SuperTuesdayResults
— California for Tulsi Gabbard (@CAforTulsi) March 11, 2020