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 PenceFeds walk back claim that Capitol rioters sought 'to capture and assassinate' officials Trump tells aides to never mention Nixon after comparisons McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time 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 TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit 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 ClintonMillennials and the great reckoning on race Biden chooses Amanda Gorman as youngest known inaugural poet Can Biden encompass the opposition he embodied? 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.