Politico accidentally reports Biden chose Harris as running mate: 'We regret the error and any confusion'

Politico issued an apology for reporting that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenUS threatens sweeping export controls against Russian industries Headaches intensify for Democrats in Florida US orders families of embassy staff in Ukraine to leave country MORE had chosen Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTo stabilize Central America, the US must craft better incentives for trade Majority in new poll say US headed in wrong direction Biden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' MORE (D-Calif.) to be his running mate, with the publication saying it regretted "the error and any confusion that it caused."

"Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris to become his running mate for the 2020 election on Aug. 1, two weeks before the Democratic National Convention, after keeping his choice close to the chest for months," Politico wrote in the now-deleted report.

"In his announcement, Biden called Harris 'a worthy opponent and a worthy running mate,' alluding to the pair’s rivalry during the earlier stages of the Democratic primary. She will bring her experience as a prosecutor, household name recognition, and skill as a debater to the ticket," the news outlet added.

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The report was deleted after being flagged on Tuesday by Mark Bednar, who serves as spokesman for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyVirginia's new AG sacks lawyers at University of Virginia, George Mason House has the power to subpoena its members — but does it have the will? Mask rules spark political games and a nasty environment in the House MORE (R-Calif.).

"For a brief period yesterday afternoon, placeholder text was mistakenly published to the site," Brad Dayspring, Politico's vice president of marketing and communications, told The Hill. "Our standard practice is to use 'lorem ipsum' as placeholder text. In this instance, that did not happen. We regret the error and any confusion that it caused."

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Biden's running mate is expected to be announced next week ahead of the Democratic National Convention, which is slated to begin Aug. 17.

Harris is considered to be near the top of Biden's shortlist, along with Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassBass raises nearly million since launching LA mayor campaign On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenArizona Democratic Party executive board censures Sinema Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans We must learn from the Afghanistan experience — starting with the withdrawal MORE (D-Ill.) and former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice.

--This report was updated on July 30 at 5:42 a.m.