Top political poll aggregator site RealClearPolitics was the subject of many a media fact-check on Monday night and Tuesday morning as top Trump allies tweeted that the site had rescinded their projection that former Vice President Joe Biden had won the state of Pennsylvania.
They were wrong.
RealClearPolitics, it turns out, had never projected Pennsylvania for Biden in the first place.
Since they also appear to have never called Arizona for Biden either, as lawsuits contesting the legitimacy of the current voting numbers are ongoing in the crucial electoral state, this leaves by their own projections the former Vice President with just 259 electoral college points and no projected victory in the 2020 election from RealClearPolitics.
On Monday evening, former New York City mayor and personal attorney to incumbent President Donald Trump mentioned in a tweet that RCP had rescinded their call that Biden had won the key swing state of Pennsylvania.
#FakeNews won’t cover law suit which will invalidate 300,000 or more crooked democrat votes votes in Philly.
Real Clear Politics just took PA away from Biden and made it a toss up.
Only the beginning please look beyond the Big Media censorship to watch it all change.
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) November 10, 2020
Another member of the Trump legal team, former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, also tweeted the claim, which quickly went viral among Trump’s base.
Tom Bevan, the co-founder and President of RealClearPolitics, tweeted a quick correction that no, this was not the case.
Because they’d never called PA for the former VP in the first place.
This is false. We never called Pennsylvania, and nothing has changed. https://t.co/YXZ1PjI7Ud
— Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) November 10, 2020
Bevan later tweeted out a correction issued by former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who had made the same claim, confirming “Correction- @RealClearNews has not called NC, GA, AZ, AK, and never called PA. It doesn’t have either candidate at 270.”
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) November 10, 2020
Indeed, as of this writing, a quick visit to RealClearPolitics will confirm that they have Biden at just 259 and Trump at 214, as the undecided or contested state’s collective 65 electoral college points have yet to be projected for either candidate by the polling data site.
As we have previously covered, the Trump camp and the Republican National Committee are pursuing lawsuits and recounts in Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, and a recount has been called in Georgia.
North Carolina and Alaska have yet to be called by any major outlet.
On Saturday, every major cable news network and The Associated Press projected that Joe Biden was the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
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