CNN had some technical difficulties while calling the winner in Mississippi's Democratic primary on Tuesday, mistakenly airing a graphic declaring the state as a victory for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) when, in fact, former Vice President Joe Biden was projected to win the state by a landslide.
What are the details?
The network apparently tried to be ahead of the game as it showed the seconds to countdown as polls closed at 8:00 p.m. EST, but as soon as the clock ran out, the screen declared "Bernie Sanders wins the Mississippi primary." Host Wolf Blitzer caught the error right away, saying that Sanders was "not happening right now" and quickly calling the state for Biden as technical difficulties continued.
A CNN graphic incorrectly calls Sen. Bernie Sanders the winner of the primary race in Mississippi: https://t.co/eYtlTBmXmB— Alex Salvi (@Alex Salvi)1583886413.0
But the flub was not missed by viewers, who took to Twitter to air their frustration and hit the network with some jabs over the snafu.
Some joked that the mistake would likely be the "highlight of the night" for Sanders supporters, several of whom declared that their hearts skipped a beat when they first saw their candidate's face on the screen.
A number of Biden supporters, on the other hand, said the initial report nearly gave them heart attacks, with one expressing his relief that "the network came back to reality in a nanosecond."
Another observer added, "and they are apparently broadcasting from a bowling alley."
Ultimately, CNN reported that Joe Biden was winning the state with 80.8% of the vote to Sanders' 15%, with 46% of precincts reporting.