Greg Gianforte wins special election in Montana

Greg Gianforte wins special election in Montana

Greg Gianforte wins special election in Montana

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Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin answers questions Thursday, May 25, 2017, at a Bozeman, Mont., press conference about Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte's misdemeanor assault charge.

Criminal assault suspect Greg Gianforte is the victor of the special election to fill Montana's seat in the U.S. House, according to the Associated Press, David Wasserman of Cook Political Report (writing at FiveThirtyEight), and DecisionDeskHQ. "Donald Trump's his model", she said.

Commentators debated furiously whether Gianforte's attack would affect the election, given 37 percent of registered voters had already cast absentee ballots, and 66 percent of issued absentee ballots were already returned. If convicted of the crime, Gianforte faces up to a $500 fine and/or up to six months in jail. Assaults that cause serious physical injuries or involve weapons are treated as felonies.

"However, Jacobs detailed the incident in the back of an ambulance after the alleged attack, telling The Guardian,"[Gianforte] took me to the ground". "[We] watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter". And when you make a mistake, you have to own up to it. Gianforte's campaign blamed Jacobs, saying the reporter was being aggressive and grabbed Gianforte. "The last guy who came here did the same thing".

While the outcome saves Republicans from an embarrassing loss that would have been viewed as a rebuke of Mr Trump, Mr Gianforte created new problems for the party.

In his victory speech late Thursday night, Gianforte apologized to the reporter for the incident.

His campaign initially claimed that the reporter "aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg's face", grabbing the candidate's wrist and pushing him to the ground.

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The 45-second recording does not contain a request from Gianforte that Jacobs lower his phone.

Gianforte received a citation to appear in court by June 7.

Gianforte was expected to address supporters at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman Thursday night, possibly after the race was called in his favor. "That was a thing, a real thing that happened, and we still said, 'Yeah, he should be president'".

Three of Montana's biggest newspapers rescinded their pro-Gianforte endorsements.

The early crowd of voters at Gianforte's rally were standing by the candidate, unfazed by the events of the previous 24 hours. The Montana Secretary of State, asked if any Montanans had sought to change their vote in the wake of the "body-slamming", told VICE News that only reporters had bothered to call and find out if this was even possible.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence recorded robocalls urging voters not to let the Democrats take the seat.

It's also worth noting that, despite winning in last night's election, Gianforte significantly underperformed compared to how Republicans fared in Montana during the 2016 general election.

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