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 PenceFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Pence vows for law and order everywhere Trump met with chants of protest as he pays respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg 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 TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick 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 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.