Minutes after the polls opened in some voting districts in New Hampshire Tuesday, Fox News mistakenly declared Donald Trump the winner of the state’s first-in-the-nation primary.
False data was published on their website declaring the results of the primary. The mistake has since been corrected.
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) February 9, 2016
The false data showed that the network had Trump as the winner, followed by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Jim Gilmore, who received 12 votes during the Iowa caucus, was “projected” to receive 574 votes.
A spokesperson for Fox News said that a technological glitch caused the error.
Fox News’ chief digital officer Jeff Misenti told Mediaite, “During routine testing in preparation for the New Hampshire primary a malfunction occurred which briefly showed errant data on our website.”
“This error has been rectified,” Misenti said. “We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.”
Most polls in New Hampshire will close at 7:00 p.m., but a handful of towns allow their polling places to remain open until 8:00 p.m.
In Dixville Notch, a small town in New Hampshire that casts their ballots at midnight, Ohio Gov. John Kasich earned the most votes among Republican primary voters.
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) February 9, 2016