Whoops: MSNBC Called the Florida Governor's Race for Leftist Candidate Gillum a Day Early

Posted: Nov 06, 2018 2:30 PM

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes apologized to viewers Monday evening after his show “All In With Chris Hayes” mistakenly aired a graphic showing vote tallies for the Florida gubernatorial race that was being held the next day.

The graphic showed Bernie Sanders-backed, far-left Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum leading Trump-backed Rep. Ron De Santis by six-tenths of a percentage point with 99 percent of precincts reporting in a race where the polls wouldn’t close for another 24 hours.

The graphic appeared after a segment in which MSNBC’s Joy Reid reported from Tallahassee praising Gillum’s “energy” saying people were “excited” to vote for him.

“Quick clarification here,” Hayes said. “Just want to say, earlier this hour, uh, we showed a graphic of the Florida gubernatorial race. May have caught your eye because our system had inadvertently populated some test numbers." 

"Obviously, we do not yet have any vote totals here, the night before the election," he added. "That was a misfire. Don’t worry. I was pretty confused when I saw it up there, to see it myself.”

Voters headed to the polls Tuesday to actually vote in Florida's gubernatorial race. Gillum and DeSantis are statistically tied in the tight race, according to the latest polling.

Gillum brought out some prominent rappers to campaign in a concert rally for him Monday evening while DeSantis received support from Trump's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Watch MSNBC's mistaken graphic air here at the 13 minute mark: