So that was weird.
As you may recall, we were holding a contest in which we invited you, our beloved readers, to guess when Hillary Clinton would announce her candidacy. (You know, if she did ... hahahaha remember how we used to have to pretend she might not?)
And so on Sunday, there was an e-mail from campaign adviser John Podesta that basically was the announcement. But it came out well before anyone heard from the actual candidate.
It was enough for the Associated Press and, ultimately, everyone else, though, so we figured we'd peg the winner to that time: Just after 2:30 p.m., according to the e-mail received by former Clinton staffer Jesse Berney that quickly made the rounds.
Podesta sends email to Hillary 2008 alumni announcing she is in -- first official announcement from the campaign. pic.twitter.com/AsOEw6Z33T
— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) April 12, 2015
There was only one problem. No one picked the 2:30 p.m. Sunday slot.
It was interesting to watch how the guesses played out. Most people seemed to think it was coming early next week. On Thursday afternoon, though, Business Insider reported that Clinton would announce this weekend. Comparing the guesses before and after that rumor broke, it's clear that people were paying attention.
Still: No guesses at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Oh well, we could have said. Tough luck.
But that is not The Washington Post Way™. Instead, we decided to use the time stamp on Clinton's actual tweet.
I'm running for president. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion. –H https://t.co/w8Hoe1pbtC
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 12, 2015
It came out at 3:27 p.m., fitting it into the 3:15 p.m. block of time. And three people picked that -- two of them choosing it after the Business Insider rumor was out.
Now for the good stuff. Since we are kind and generous, we decided that all three of those pickers should win the prize: signed copies of "The Gospel According to the Fix," and a "Politics and Pints" t-shirt.
How do you know if you won? The box below will tell you.
If you didn't win -- look, no hard feelings. Quite frankly, given the super-weird way this thing unfolded, the real winners were everyone that guessed totally random times, like the several people who picked times that were before the contest actually began. It is those people who are the real heroes here.
But they don't get prizes, of course. Sorry, heroes.