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They couldn't be that incompetent.

As the article points out, they didn't even write the poll correctly: Two pairs of candidates shared the same ID. That means that if Oprah Winfrey got the highest score, then Ratan Tata would also get the highest score. If the competition was not hacked, these pairs might have done quite well, since they'd get the combined votes of the two candidates.

If TIME couldn't be bothered to get the poll right in the first place, it's not surprising that they barely tried to fix the hacking.

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