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Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook and Kieran Culkin in Succession. Photograph by Claudette Barius/HBO

Calling Wisconsin

Nicholas Braun as Greg and Matthew Macfadyen as Tom on Succession

Succession Season 4, Episode 8, “America Decides,” featured Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfayden) making an ethically dubious to decision to have ATN declare presidential candidate  Jeryd Mencken (Justin Kirk) the winner of the presidential voting in Wisconsin — which gave him momentum to declare himself the winner of the whole enchilada.

The decision has some parallels with a decision by Fox News to call Arizona for Joe Biden in the 2020 election. Though Biden was ultimately declared the winner, debate continues about whether Fox News had enough information at the time to make the decision it did.

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