How Twitter Can Blow An Election Call

A single tweet from the CAP Action Fund set off the news that Elizabeth Warren had won an hour before the official call. “A rogue retweet.”

Elizabeth Warren pulled off a win in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race Tuesday night, but a “rogue tweet” falsely claimed NBC News had called the race about an hour before the official projection was made at 9:45 p.m.

At 8:51 p.m. Tuesday night, a tweet from the Center for American Progress Action Fund — a sister organization to the Center for American Progress — read, “NBC news is calling #MA Senate race for Elizabeth Warren (D).” The tweet, now deleted, spread from there.

The original tweet from CAP Action Fund

But the Warren campaign apparently believed the conventional wisdom on Twitter. They released a “Thank You” picture on Warren’s Facbeook page at 9:08, before an official call


News organizations picked it up, too

A Mother Jones article claiming Warren had won at 9:06 p.m.

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