As soon as we learned about the article, we had it removed. Unfortunately, we're not able to post another story in its place. We posted a correction on our Home and News page that has a higher prominence (on our site at least) than the original article which was on the web site for 35 minutes.
We use an automated system for Associated Press national news, politics, science, entertainment, etc. If you see how much news we have on the site, you'll understand why we use automation (I am a department of one).
The Associated Press tests about 4 times a week for a month prior to an election, especially one as crucial as a presidential election, to help TV stations and newspapers make sure their publishing systems are working properly (the irony doesn't escape me). The AP's numbers are completely random with every test; if this error happened yesterday or tomorrow it just as easily could have declared Senator John Kerry -- or even Ralph Nader -- the winner.
We are sorry for the mistake, but it was unintentional on everyone's part and we responded quickly to remove it.
WBAY Web Manager
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