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The news media’s scrambling quickly became fodder for humor online.

Damon Lindelof, co-creator of the television show “Lost,” tweeted that “I am not turning off CNN until they TELL ME GORE WON FLORIDA!”

The website Gawker posted a photoshopped picture of a smiling Obama holding a tablet with CNN’s website headlined “Mandate struck down,” in a pose reminiscent of the famous photo of President Harry Truman holding up a newspaper with the incorrect “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline.


AP writers Frazier Moore, Jake Coyle, Jim Kuhnhenn and Amy Westfeldt contributed to this report.