Rigged? Illinois News Station Airs Results Of Primary Election. There’s Only One Problem…

(Tea Party 247) – Well, this is awkward.

A local news station in Illinois, WCIA aired the results of their state’s primary election on Monday, showing that Vice President Joe Biden (D) had won.

There’s only one problem.

The election hadn’t happened yet.

Illinois primary is Tuesday!

A woman’s Facebook video went viral on Monday after she showed WCIA airing the results during a Monday airing of the Price Is Right. The results showed Biden having beat Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) by just over 93,000 votes.

“While watching The Price is Right our station accidentally runs tomorrow’s election results … its [sic] Monday our election in Illinois is tomorrow,” Sherry Daughtery wrote with her post.

UPDATED!!I'd like to personally thank https://heavy.com/news/2020/03/biden-bernie-primary-results-aired-early-video/For sharing my entire story. When WTHI 3 contacted me I explained to them why this election mattered to me. I did not receive a response on my personal agenda, to support & advocate for Veterans and caregivers. So I am deeply disappointed they were only interested in pushing me to share their responses. For all of you that shared this video & my personal story, thank you! We might not all stand on the same side of the political isle but as Americans we can stand together to support our Veterans, caregivers & Military. UPDATED TO INCLUDE WCIA 3 RESPONSE:Mark Maxwell, a reporter & employee of WCIA 3 private messaged me along with a friend request, here is his explanation & request…"We do routine test rehearsals before every election to make sure the graphics work properly and to give directors some practice. The error was in putting the dry run on air. That shouldn’t have happened and we’re looking into it. Obviously, we never intended to give the wrong information or wrong impression. None of those numbers were based on any real polling returns. Since your post is being widely shared, I’d appreciate it if you would consider updating the original post so people don’t get the wrong idea."I was also private messaged from the News Director of WCIA 3, "WCIA 3 News — Sorry it was an error by our team. We are currently doing election rehearsals with test data and not intended to go on TV. We apologize for any inconvenience. – Rich Flesch News Director"While watching The Price is Right our station accidentally runs tomorrow's election results…its Monday our election in Illinois is tomorrow

Posted by Sherry Daugherty on Monday, March 16, 2020

She later updated her post to include a statement from Mark Maxwell, the bureau chief for the station, who said it was simply a “routine test” rehearsal.

After airing the dry run, he said, it had been an error. He stressed that the numbers were not based on any real data and that they had “never intended to give the wrong information or wrong impression.”

Here was his statement:

We do routine test rehearsals before every election to make sure the graphics work properly and to give directors some practice. The error was in putting the dry run on air. That shouldn’t have happened and we’re looking into it. Obviously, we never intended to give the wrong information or wrong impression. None of those numbers were based on any real polling returns. Since your post is being widely shared, I’d appreciate it if you would consider updating the original post so people don’t get the wrong idea.

Breitbart attempted to reach out to Maxwell and he verified that he had made a “truthful” statement.

Although Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has taken drastic measures to combat the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in his state, the primary election has not been delayed as other states have done with theirs.

Pritzker was confident that the election could go forward as planned, telling NBC’s Meet the Press that officials have been “extra-careful at all of our polling places.”

“Everybody is practicing good hygiene. And we’re making sure that it’s safe for people to come and vote,” he said on Sunday. “The schools are closed, so many people will be voting in schools. And there won’t be big crowds.”

61 COMMENTS

  1. I use to be a democrat until Truman fired General McArthur in Korea. We were beating North Korea and here comes China. We lost a lot of good Marines and soldiers after Truman’s screw up and look what we have in North Korea now. USMC corporal 51-55

  2. It’s understandable for a TV station to make a practice run for an upcoming program, but why would they use fictional vote totals rather than question marks under candidates pictures and for the final outcome? There’s always a chance that they will accidentally air the practice run. And now they know!

  3. We just moved from the third world state of Illinois in April of 2019. Because of the union I belonged to, I voted democrat from 1976 till 2016. I voted for Trump and do not deny it nor regret it. We moved to the great state of Texas. It’s like moving back to America!! Trump2020Trump2020Trump2020

  4. This is to “Bob” whose comments above are as stupid as he is. If he does not know who George Soros is – he needs to do some reading or change his fake news media and get some real facts from Fox News. His comments are disgusting when we know the last administration was as corrupt as it gets. So many of them including good old Hillary belong in JAIL for the things they did to this country. I thank GOD for the President we now have – he has tried to do everything he said he would do in spite of what has been done to him for over 3 years. This bullcrap needs to stop and quite a few people need some true justice done to them – HIllary has been corrupt her whole life all the way back to Arkansas along with “sick: disgusting Bill. The Obama administration was full of corruption, IRS Scandal, Banghazi, Fast and Furious, Uranium One, the list goes on and on and on and yet NOT ONE of the democrats ever said a thing. Joe Biden another bad one running for President and his son Hunter and all the cash flowing to him while Joe was Vice President and Obama said nothing about that – they were all filling their family full of cash. That should be the news on CNN and MSNBC but they will never talk about that or anything the democrats do that is wrong. FAKE NEWS this is all you get from them for years

  5. The Federal Election Commission should do an investigation and see if their story holds up. If so than they can prove they didn’t do anything wrong and counter the speculation that there is corruption in the station and Democratic Party. If they’re innocent they should be happy to prove it.

  6. Question is can we trust them in the actual election? This isn’t a first time with democrats and just how honest are they when this has happened before, they’ve been bust with dead people voting, bins of absenty votes they just “found” and a few thousand more votes than registered voters. I would love to have an election without cheats rigging it every chance they get. Then again I’d like some honest news too instead of propaganda.

    • Biden’s are so far pretty close to what they posted, Bernie’s are well below by about 3,000 votes. No telling if it is rigged or not but I wouldn’t trust them for the actual election as this is not the first time this kind of thing happened with democrats.

  7. Has anyone ever heard of any other party besides the Democrats ever inadvertently broadcasting election results before the election is even undertaken?
    Has anyone ever heard of a TV stations creating an election results tape as a “Test” before one was ever needed after the election? Why do you need a “test” tape of election results.
    None of the explanations sound the slightest bit believable.

  8. Imagine the windfall coronavirus could be for the Democrats. They could attempt to steal votes like they did in Florida in the 90’s and lock people out from confirming the tally by citing coronavirus concerns. Farfetched? Considering the leftist dominated Democratic Party will stop at nothing to obtain political office (like destroying the economy over people coronavirus fears) don’t ever put anything beyond the realm of their imagination. They safest thing for liberty minded people to do is to always assume a leftist Democrats lips moving is synonymous with deceit.

  9. Makes you wonder if they have a similar dry run lined up for the Presidential election.
    I mean if they do this for their own party.

  10. I cannot believe anyone would believe anything different coming out of the communist state of Illinois it is it is the most politically corrupt state in the union and it isn’t even second to California or New York. The system and Illinois of the communist a.k.a. Democrat party mix Elka pone look like he was nothing but a bluebird!

  11. No great surprise. I’m 82 years old, raised in Illinois, and can remember hearing about crooked politics since I was only 8 years old!! It never ends…

    • Jean, I am 77, lived in IL in til 1967 having graduated to U of I and beginning to teach. living in Du Page County for most of my early life, I certainly remember crooked politics “next door” in Cook. had a collage room mate who showed how Springfield crooked could be… glad I stayed away since.

  12. I definitely do not believe it was a “dry run” but fixing the station to report what they want – Biden winning.
    They’re supposed to report the election as votes come in but as you can see, elections are rigged so any excuse is better than none when you’re caught.

  13. Not surprising,,,,,Soros runs the entire democratic policies and media in Illinois,,,,simply because no one in Illinois has the balls to tell Soros to go straight to hell,,,,Illinois,,,,why don’t you just secede from the United States,,,,or else grow a pair and straighten up your totally f—-ed up state,,,,act like Americans for a change,,,,,he’ll,,,you might like it

    • Just stop with your “Soros” (whoever the **** that is) conspiracy theories. It’s all the same BS from you brainwashed trumptards: “hUrR dUrR dUh DeEp StAtE lEd By SoRoS iZ cHeEtInG tO tAkE dOwN aMuRiKa!” Do you realize how STUPID you sound when you mention BS like this imaginary “Soros” character (Sounds like a Lord of the Rings character to me) or the imaginary “deep state” thing you love to claim he owns? Get your head out of Traitor Trump’s butt and rejoin reality.

    • Bob is a idiot who should stick to puffing peters and punching turds, things he really knows about. Bob is ignorant and gross.

  14. If it wasn’t Illinois it wouldn’t be so suspect. Could have been somebody’s joke making the mics hot without nobody knowing, but could they really do that when I’ve seen those signs in the stations light up that they’re on the air. If they didn’t have that, then it could be innocent. Who knows.

  15. Well, now they will have to change the numbers because someone goofed up and put the “dry run” out as fact.

    Liars, all.

  16. Is anyone really surprised about this? Illinois, Democrats and press all the ingredients for Soros mafia type crooked machine.

    • Just stop with your “Soros” (whoever the **** that is) conspiracy theories. It’s all the same BS from you brainwashed trumptards: “hUrR dUrR dUh DeEp StAtE lEd By SoRoS iZ cHeEtInG tO tAkE dOwN aMuRiKa!” Do you realize how STUPID you sound when you mention BS like this imaginary “Soros” character (Sounds like a Lord of the Rings character to me) or the imaginary “deep state” thing you love to claim he owns? Get your head out of Traitor Trump’s butt and rejoin reality.

    • Not even in his dreams. America is sick of being under Russia’s thumb and will not allow four more years of Putin’s fascist puppet Donald Douchebag Trump.

  17. Not me!

    “A dry run is a dry run is
    a dry run until a dry run
    cites results as a test pattern!”
    (BHP)

    • Bob, the Russian conspiracy has been proven false you idiot. It was Clinton and Obama and many democrats who use Russia. If you actually follow the news but I assume you don’t because everyone who does knows who Soros is. He’s the one who thought he had bought Clinton’s victory. Democrat party is the fascist. Imagine where the virus would be if we had opened boarders like Biden wants. Or how our healthcare system wouldn’t be able to accommodate the sick under Sanders plan. It’s obvious that Biden will win because the democrats rigged it. Who drops out 2 days before Super Tuesday, especially when they’re ahead of Biden. Wake up the democrats want power and don’t care about Americans. They sold their soul, changing the amendments after exclaiming that Trump is unconstitutional. They’re using the virus as a political tool. Honestly would’ve surprised if they somehow manufacture a deal with China because they couldn’t beat Trump’s economy. I’ve paid high taxes every year under every democrat president. Trump is the first president that my taxes are actually cut in half and my health premiums too. So stop being a mindless minion and look at facts. Obviously you don’t like a good economy. It will bounce back. He did it in 3 years and he’ll do it again. Guess what I was a democrat my whole life until I awoke!

    • I just sent the station this message…”Hi…I’, a free-lance writer working on a story related to the corruption involving your station’s reporting of “Election Results” on Monday, when the election wasn’t being held until Tuesday? I have a few questions. If the…”error”…was truly about practice runs for the real election, and all your station was doing was practicing the placement of visuals…why did you choose to have Biden winning over Bernie, when you had no idea what the results would be? How did you choose to appoint Biden The Winner, by 93,000 votes? How would you know who was going to win, and therefore…how would you know to put Biden up as the winner? Who selected The 93,000 vote win totals, and where did that number come from? Who was responsible for putting it on the air? Many people do not believe your explanation, and answering these question may go a bit towards getting people to trust you . Then again, probably not. But they do deserve the truth. Let me know the answers to my questions ASAP, so that I can include the station’s response in my published article.

  18. That guy got caught w his pants down. And one thing he’s got right…..none of their numbers are based on any real polling returns. And they NEVER intend to give the wrong impression. Nope, just THEIR impression. Wake up, citizens. It’s all plain as day around you!

  19. Yup: There is no voter fraud. There is just reporting fraud. Stalin said :;:I don’t care who votes i care who counts. JP

    • Sorry James, it was Vladimir Lennon ” It doesn’t matter who votes , it matters who counts the votes.” I all those socialists are the same.

    • Eric you are right. Illinois is so corrupt and they call Chicago “the windy city” partly because of the politicians. In 1960 Daley was Mayor and he saw to it that the Chicago delegates for President went to the democrat nominee, then JFK. Nixon would have won had it been an honest campaign. They asked Nixon if he wanted to contest the election and he said he did not want to put the country through that, waited, then later won in 1968. Fortunately Kennedy made a good President but will we be so lucky with Biden or Sanders? Kennedy was not a socialist and was anti-communist as was Nixon. If a democrat wins this time around we are in deep s#*@!

    • David, think of the alternative. Anything is more favorable than four more years of the fascist Russian puppet Donald Douchebag Trump.

    • I have to agree with Bob this time. Anything is better then prosperity, low unemployment, security, respect, freedom. Oh wait, Bob is an idiot.

  20. Sounds like a typical democrat plan to keep people away from the polls, then they can make up any numbers they want!

  21. BS at its finest, tired of all the lies and croked things going on, what the hell happend to this country, no country can take us strongest armed forces so they are trying to subvert us from inside, time to clear the house of the bastards, pure treson.

  22. LMAO! That was the Democrats telling America they are screwing Bernie again! As if the democrats would ever leave any decisions to the real voters. As most Democrats are brainwashed morons they will do what they are told and think it was their idea!

  23. I seen that years ago when Clinton was running. Was for presidential and the votes were exactly the same on the dry run as they were on election night

  24. Hmmm… Well, I’ve been a follower of politics since Kennedy – Nixon, have walked this good earth for well over 60 years, and have NEVER heard of any such “dry run”. So yeah, I’m calling BS on that station manager.

    • I am 77 we’ve never had a election without election FRAUD, from the dem-O-RATS. They saw they could get by with it in 1960 Kennedy v Nixon, if you remember the next day Nixon said he would NOT cause a CONSTITUTION crisis. and still today we are not sure if Kennedy really did win. Seen a union man on local T V say he voted 5 or 6 times for obama. S O S different day

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