Democratic primary 2020: CNN technical glitch erroneously calls Mississippi for Bernie Sanders

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CNN’s night of Democratic primary coverage got off to a start worse than Bernie Sanders’ Super Tuesday, as a technical glitch led to network host Wolf Blitzer erroneously calling Mississippi for Sanders — despite Joe Biden’s win.

“We have our first projection of the night,” said Blitzer as he turned to face a screen declaring Sanders victorious in the Magnolia State.

“Bernie Sanders … not, not, not happening right now,” continued a clearly befuddled “Situation Room” host as the screen flickered first to a black, then to a countdown clock reading all zeroes, then back to black.

“Joe Biden, Joe Biden is the winner of the Mississippi primary,” Blitzer course-corrected, even as the screen stayed black behind him.

The network’s control room then fixed the error to display Biden as the winner of the state — but not for long.

“There we have it right there, you can see it,” said Blitzer as he turned to gesture to the screen — right as Biden’s image vanished and darkness again filled the screen. “Oh, maybe you can’t see it. We’ll fix that technical problem.

“The most important thing is this: Joe Biden is the winner.”

In that respect, Blitzer was correct.

The former vice president made good on projections that he would handily capture the state and the biggest share of its 36 delegates, as he looked to maintain momentum from his triumphant Super Tuesday and bury the hopes of Vermont Sen. Sanders.

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