Turn Off Your TVs, Pence Already Won the Debate According to erroneous early RNC post By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff Posted Oct 4, 2016 8:49 PM CDT 180 comments Comments Meet the premature victor. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Meet the premature victor. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Newser) – Just a half-hour into the vice presidential debate out of Virginia's Longwood University, a winner had already been declared: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Not because he was creaming Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, but because the Republican National Committee put up a premature post on the GOP.com website. "The consensus was clear after the dust settled, Mike Pence was the clear winner of the debate," the now-scrubbed post read. Pence's supposed verbal victories: his take on the economy and "highlighting Hillary Clinton's scandals" (which, as of the time of this post, hadn't yet been addressed).