Oops — Right Wing News Network Falsely Called Roy Moore The Victor In Alabama Senate Race!

right wing network miscalled alabama senate election

What an EPIC fail.

As we previously reported, Democratic candidate Doug Jones narrowly beat out accused child molester Roy Moore during Tuesday’s special election for the vacant Alabama senate seat. While Donald Trump and co. tried (and failed) to secure the win for the scandalized former judge, one right wing TV network was CONVINCED that Moore had won.

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In fact, One America News Network was so confidant that Roy was the victor that they actually called the race in favor of the GOP candidate. Ultimately, Moore lost to Jones by around 21,000 votes. Like we said, such a fail.

As you can see in the video (below), the unnamed announcer told viewers:

“We have some breaking news for you that we want to announce. Our unofficial polling shows Senate candidate Roy Moore sweeping the election right now in Alabama by a large margin… Now the president of One America News Robert Herring would like to congratulate Moore on the fine campaign that he and his wife have run. Speaking with campaign representatives, we are being told that there are strong signs the majority of voters have now come out in support of the judge.”

Sadly, that’s where One America News Network should’ve stopped, but didn’t. In a (since deleted) post online, the network confidently wrote:

“Roy Moore wins the Alabama Senate election and will fill the seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Despite attacks from democrats about unverified allegations from nearly 40-years ago, Moore will keep the seat red and republicans will maintain a 52 to 48 majority in the Senate.”


Eventually, OANN corrected the report, but not before circulating a story which suggested a recount might take place. This, again, was false reporting since the number of votes Jones secured made it so a recount wouldn’t be required. We’re not sure how this reporting gaffe happened — but we’re sure SOMEONE at OANN is paying for it.

Congrats again to Senator-elect Jones on his big win. Oh, and a BIG thank you to the state of Alabama for stepping up!!

[Image via Doug Jones/Roy Moore/Instagram.]

Dec 14, 2017 3:28pm PDT

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