January 16th, 2008
05:55 PM ET
14 years ago

Oops: Michigan GOP praises McCain's 'win'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/16/art.romneygop.ap.jpg caption=" Romney actually won Michigan, though the state party mistakenly congratulated McCain."](CNN) - It's wasn't exactly a "Dewey Defeats Truman" mistake, but Michigan Republican Party officials were scrambling Tuesday night after they inadvertently sent out a press release congratulating John McCain for winning the state.

All the major media networks called the state for Mitt Romney at about 9 p.m. ET, just after the last polling stations in the state closed.

But CNN affiliate WNEM reports that minutes after the state was called, the party sent out a press release congratulating the Arizona Republican.

With recent polls showing McCain and Romney in a dead heat, party spokesman Bill Nowling said congratulations statements were readied for both candidates and they "simply pushed the wrong button."

A correct statement went out five minutes later.

Read more here from CNN affiliate WNEM

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: John McCain • Mitt Romney
soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. Jason

    Well CNN did no better yesterday; they had Fred Thompson on a couple times, kept saying he finished a strong "4th last night" when he was a distant 5th, behind Ron Paul.

    So far Americans say they want change, meanwhile they're voting for the status quo: in Iowa they went for the man of faith in Huckabee; in New Hampshire, where people are apparently against the war, voted for warmonger McCain and then in Michigan, where those jobs will never come back, it was all wishful thinking as they voted for the guy who promised the most with the biggest smile on his face in Mitt Romney.

    Americans clearly do not have the proper skills at discerning who is right for this moment in time. The best and most intelligent candidates are either out of the race or on the fringes while we remain undecided about our status quo ones who are curiously all sounding more alike everyday. The 2006 vote was about getting out of Iraq and now the Democrats left in the race will leave troops here and there and everywhere, won't shut down the bases, won't abandon the huge and wasteful billion dollar embassy in Iraq that's the size of the Vatican.

    As long as we remain in denial about the fact that it's our meddling in the Middle East that has caused us all these problems, the longer we'll remain vulnerable to terrorism.

    January 17, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  2. Roger

    Ty: "If you vote a Democrat into office there's going to be TERROR!! TERROR TERROR TERROR! 9/11! You don't want TERROR 9/11 AL QUEDA TERROR TERROR TERROR do you?!!?!?"

    I'm voting DEMOCRAT not so much because I'm enthusiastic about their ideas, so much as that I'm enthusiastically AGAINST the Republicans - both the double-digit-IQ'd trailer park variety such as Ty here, as well as the criminal Rovian ones who take advantage of group A's ignorance in order to line their pockets. As Ty demonstrates, this administration's fear mongering only really affects the weak minded, ignorant, and delusional, as much as they'd like to think otherwise.

    And regarding the economy. I don't know if the Democrats will be anymore helpful than the Republicans have been, but one thing's for certain - they certainly can't be any more destructive than the Republicans have been over the past eight years.

    January 17, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  3. Attacks by the Establishment

    Looking forward to celebrating General Robert E. Lee's birthday on Saturday the 19th with a victory for Ron Paul in South Carolina.

    Only two candidates for the conservatives know enough about history to get the vote in South Carolina and Ron Paul is one of them. Even though he is from North of the Mason-Dixon Line, he is fully aware of the 10th Amendment and that the South was denied its right to secession.

    Those who attack Dixie will not win!

    January 17, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  4. Dennis

    Romney is definitely the most "like" Bush candidate you could ask for.

    Go Romney Go!

    January 17, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Steve

    I'm sick of the McCain-loving media rhetoric, painting McCain as the "real" candidate, the "straight-talker" and Romney as the "fake", the "phony", "pandering" to voters. It is absolute hogwash! Romney is the most real and capable candidate, and that fact has the media and the dems scarred stiff. Romney can win this thing. McCain has flip-flopped numerous times, he even flip-flopped on his first wife. I know it is almost taboo to talk about but nothing tells more about a person's character than his personal life. There is no way Romney could have raised a cohesive and well-adjusted family like his if he was an immoral person.

    January 17, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Greg

    Ty, It can't get much worse than it is now..

    1. our country is at war, and our military is over-extended
    2. our president absolutely refuses to listen to reason and is now trying to pick a fight with Iran, despite the NIE proving that Iran gave up its nuclear weapons program in 2003.
    3. our country is in debt up to its eyeballs
    4. the economy is about to take a dive due to the housing bubble created by Bush's big idea to spark the economy by having the fed lower rates too low for too long.
    5. the world opinion of our country has never been worse

    THE ONLY REAL REPUBLICAN RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IS RON PAUL !!!!!!!

    Support Ron Paul for president 2008!

    January 17, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Ty, It can't get much worse than it is now..

    1. our country is at war, and our military is over-extended
    2. our president absolutely refuses to listen to reason and is now trying to pick a fight with Iran, despite the NIE proving that Iran gave up its nuclear weapons program in 2003.
    3. our country is in debt up to its eyeballs
    4. the economy is about to take a dive due to the housing bubble created by Bush's big idea to spark the economy by having the fed lower rates too low for too long.
    5. the world opinion of our country has never been worse

    THE ONLY REAL REPUBLICAN RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IS RON PAUL !!!!!!!

    Support Ron Paul for president 2008!

    January 17, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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