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‘Bachelorette’ broadcast airs 2020 election results favoring Trump in Michigan

The graphic showed 100% of the vote reporting.


Kahron Spearman


Published Oct 29, 2020   Updated Oct 29, 2020, 11:30 am CDT

On Tuesday night’s airing of The Bachelorette, Detroit station WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) mistakenly posted mock 2020 election results. Among the fake results: The overlay showed President Donald Trump winning Michigan.

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Of course, Election Day isn’t until Tuesday, so no results have been made available.

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A mock-up graphic appeared on the left side of the screen, showing mock 2020 election results for Michigan with candidates’ faces for several races. Some were aghast, or pleased, at what they saw, depending on their political lean.
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NBC executive Mike Sington tweeted: “ABC station in Detroit accidentally airs election results during ‘The Bachelorette’, including Trump winning Michigan. It was part of a test that was not supposed to be broadcast. And the look on the guy’s face drinking on the show would be the perfect reaction to these results.”

According to the graphic, with 100% of the vote reported, President Donald Trump won by 50% over Joe Biden, at 44%. However, current polling shows Biden leading Trump in the state.

The mock graphic also showed Republican candidate John James defeating Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, 50% to 46%. Peters is actually leading in the polls in Michigan.

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin is shown defeating GOP contender Paul Junge, 52% to 46%, though the 8th district’s race is currently a toss-up.

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*First Published: Oct 29, 2020, 11:29 am CDT