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After being charged with allegedly assaulting reporter, Gianforte wins Montana House seat


"Tonight, as Greg was giving a separate interview in a private office, The Guardian's Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg's face, and began asking badgering questions".

Quist told supporters that he called Gianforte to congratulate him on his win and to urge him to represent all Montanans.

The altercation took place at Gianforte's campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana, the night before the state's special election. "I took an action that I can't take back and I'm not proud of what happened".

The U.S. editor of Jacob's employer, The Guardian, put out a statement Wednesday evening expressing support Jacobs. "That's not the person I am, and that's not the way I'll lead in this state".

Gianforte, who canceled interviews scheduled for Thursday on NBC's "Meet the Press" and Fox News, faces Democrat Rob Quist, a banjo-playing folk singer and first-time candidate, to fill the seat vacated when Trump named Ryan Zinke as secretary of the interior.

Libertarian Mark Wicks had 6 percent of the vote with 9,795 votes.

The Republican candidate for a Montana congressional seat was charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly body slamming a Jewish reporter for The Guardian, a London-based newspaper.

The altercation took place after Jacobs asked a question about the Republican health care bill meant to replace Barack Obama's signature health reforms.

"Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him", wrote Fox News reporter Alicia Acuno, who was present with two colleagues.

Yet Gianforte had plenty of prominent allies who either blew off or strongly hinted justification for Gianforte's alleged assault on a journalist, Ben Jacobs, who had asked him about healthcare policy. Gianforte must now appear in court by June 7.

Even before the tumultuous final hours, some began to see the contest as a bellwether on health care and the AHCA.

His outburst placed Republicans in a distinctly awkward position as ballots were being cast, with victory in the race suddenly looking as uncomfortable as defeat.

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Greg Gianforte was cited for grabbing a reporter by the throat and throwing him to the ground in his campaign office Wednesday night.

While Quist was outspoken in his opposition to the bill, Gianforte had hedged.

The effect: Approximately 60% of the vote came in early, before Wednesday's incident.

Republicans don't think Quist will win, but if he does, it will be meltdown time in the GOP.

Privately, however, Democrats were skeptical that was possible, even after the altercation between Jacobs and Gianforte.

Republican Tina Stark of Townsend said she doesn't know Gianforte or whether has a temper.

And both parties also privately grumbled about their candidates. Quist blamed a botched gallbladder strategy when confronted with a series of attacks that he had unpaid property taxes and debts.

CNN host Don Lemon argued that Trump has culpability because he's said "very terrible things" about reporters and suggested that they are the enemy of the American people. "I'm just curious about it right now".

Gianforte also echoed numerous catch phrases that rang through Trump's campaign, promising to "drain the swamp" and "make America great again", a message consistent with his recent candidacy.

News of the assault was followed by a late-night announcement by Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin that investigators had probable cause to charge Gianforte with misdemeanor assault. Some Republicans, including Montana Republican Sen. There are fewer than 700,000 voters in the state, and few political veterans expected turnout to reach much higher than 60 percent. If Trump's approval ratings continue to fall, the House will be firmly in play.

Democratic Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who defeated Gianforte in last year's gubernatorial race, issued a sharp rebuke against his former opponent.

Stivers' Democratic counterpart, Rep. Quist, a political newcomer, said that on May 25, 1,123 volunteers were knocking on doors in a get-out-the-vote effort across the state, and applauded the civic spirit that helped buoy his bid for Congress.

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