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Due to Tech Glitch, Fox News Declared the Winner of the New Hampshire Primary Mere Moments After the Polls Opened


Here's what they projected.

BOW, NH - FEBRUARY 09: A man exits a voting booth inside of a middle school serving as a voting station on the day of the New Hampshire Primary on February 9, 2016 in Bow, New Hampshire. After months of campaigning, voters across New Hampshire get to go to the polls today to vote for Democratic and Republican presidential candidates. Following New Hampshire, the race for the presidency moves to South Carolina. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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