Correction: Our error: No sweep for Hillary Clinton

Posted

We blew it.

There's no other way to say it.

Dewey didn't defeat Truman back in 1948, as the infamous Chicago Tribune headline erroneously proclaimed, and Clinton didn't sweep states on Tuesday night.

Readers who picked up their Berkshire Eagle on Wednesday morning wouldn't know it, but Bernie Sanders actually won the Democratic primary in Michigan.

How can that possibly happen?

The returns were slow to come in after the polls closed — Michigan stretches across two time zones, so polls in some parts of the state didn't close until 9 p.m. EST.

So when the Eagle's 10:15 p.m. deadline arrived, the outcome in Michigan was far from clear.

The AP was reporting that Donald Trump had swept to victory in Mississippi and Michigan, and Hillary Clinton was locked in a tight race with Sanders in Michigan.

Our headline on that early story erroneously lumped Clinton in with the Trump sweep, even though that clearly was not the case.

Indeed, the AP called the race for Sanders about 11:30 p.m.

We got it wrong and we regret the error.


TALK TO US

If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.

Powered by Creative Circle Media Solutions