GOP House candidate who assaulted reporter wins Montana election

GOP House candidate who assaulted reporter wins Montana election

Gianforte, a tech millionaire backed by President Donald Trump, defeated folk singer Rob Quist, 50-44, early Friday morning in the race for the at-large - or statewide - U.S. House of Representatives district.

The special election was for Montana's lone House seat, which was vacated when former GOP Rep. Ryan Zinke was tapped to be Trump's Interior secretary.

Trump did not say anything further and did not address questions about the fact that Gianforte is now facing misdemeanor charges after assaulting a reporter on Wednesday.

During his victory speech, Gianforte addressed the controversy and the assault, saying, "When you make a mistake you have to own up to it". "That's the Montana way".

After his staff initially denied the assault, Gianforte apologized to Jacobs for a "mistake" and "action that I can't take back". I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that I am sorry, Mr.

Now that he's won election to Congress, Democrats will have a hard time keeping Gianforte out of office, misdemeanor assault conviction or not. "I do not think this is acceptable behavior". "This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me in reporting on politics". But Steve Daines, a GOP senator from Montana, and House speaker Paul Ryan both called on Gianforte to apologize. "Tonight's apology was a good first step toward redemption and I hope Gianforte continues to work toward righting his wrong". Ben Jacobs. I want to apologize to the FOX News team and I am sorry to each of you for my actions.

In the 2016 presidential election, President Trump won Montana by more than 20 points. "That's the Montana way", said Gianforte.

Gianforte was cited for misdemeanor assault stemming from a scuffle in which the candidate allegedly "body slammed" Jacobs, who was asking a question.

Gianforte's campaign originally published an explanation of the event that partially blamed the reporter for the exchange. Democrats have held the governorship in Montana since 2005, and one of the state's two US Senate seats since 2007. Gianforte's campaign did not deny Jacobs' allegation but countered in its own statement that the reporter provoked an altercation. His win represents a temperature-taking of America's heartland regarding the Republican party-it suggests they still stand behind President Donald Trump-as well as a ringing endorsement of violence against the press.

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