RNC declares Pence winner of VP debate — hours before start

The Republican National Committee appears to have accidentally hit publish on a post declaring Indiana Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceThe House needs to help patients from being victimized by antiquated technology 'The Wire' star: I'd prefer a President Pence because he's a 'simpleton and a puppet' Trump looks to steer UN effort on Afghanistan, with McMaster and Haley at the helm MORE the winner of Tuesday night's vice presidential debate before it even began. 

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The post, which was taken down soon after Twitter noticed the error, was titled "Who won the presidential debate" and featured a picture of Pence, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE's running mate.

"Americans from all across the country tuned in to watch the one and only Vice Presidential debate," the post said.

"During the debate we helped fact check and monitor the conversation in real time @GOP. The consensus was clear after the dust settled, Mike Pence was the clear winner of the debate."
 
The RNC claims Pence's top moments in the debate were when he spoke about the economy and highlighted Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE's scandals.
 
 
The post also offered praise for Trump.
 
"The other clear winner from tonight’s debate was Donald Trump."
 
"His running mate perfectly shared Trump’s vision to make America great again and that message is resonating with Americans all across the country."
 
Social media seized on the mistake Tuesday evening. 
 
 
 
 
Another post published said Clinton was the loser of the vice presidential debate and slammed her running mate.
 
"Tim Kaine was unable to answer for his running-mate's record of failure, corruption and secrecy at tonight's debate," the post said.

"The American people have spoken and it's clear who tonight's biggest loser is, Hillary Clinton."

Pence and Kaine are scheduled to face off at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday night.