Republican Gianforte wins Montana House race after assault charge

Henrietta Brewer
May 27, 2017

Gianforte was charged with a misdemeanor of assault after Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs attempted to interview the GOP standard bearer for the seat. "I know that Montanans will hold Mr. Gianforte accountable", Quist said Thursday night. Ben Jacobs. I also want to apologize to the Fox news team that was there and I'm sorry to each one of you that we had to go through this.

After describing the Gianforte incident, Meyers said, "The GOP health care plan is so bad, Republicans would rather body-slam reporters than answer a question about it". The office of Montana's secretary of state released a statement saying almost 70 percent of ballots had been cast prior to Election Day, anyway: even if persuadable constituents had a change of heart after Wednesday night, for many of them it was too late. I suppose they could respond in kind and start attacking conservative speakers on college campuses.

Gianforte's victory was a setback for Democrats who hoped to capitalise on Trump's low approval ratings, unpopular Republican healthcare legislation, and the misdemeanour assault charge.

Almost 70 percent of votes in Montana were cast early - before the alleged assault took place. Both Pence and presidential son Eric Trump also hopped onstage at Gianforte's campaign events. Several news outlets called the race by early Friday morning, including the Associated Press and CNN. "That's the Montana way", he said.


Rebecca Schoenkopf reacts to the election results at Democratic candidate Rob Quist's election party at the DoubleTree Hotel Thursday night, May 25, 2017, in Missoula, Mont.

Republican Greg Gianforte won the special election for Montana's at-large House seat Thursday night.

The congressional race in Montana pitted two diametrically opposed candidates against one another.

Stivers' Democratic counterpart, Rep. "Regardless of what happens next, we will be competing hard for this seat in 2018". Montana voters didn't pass judgment on initial allegations. And before Gianforte's alleged assault, this strategy appeared to be working: Three Gravis-conducted polls showed Gianforte leading comfortably, according to Real Clear Politics. They just expected the race to be closer than it should be in a state President Trump won months earlier by 20 points. Montanans said Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi can't call the shots in Montana. Democrats were initially hopeful that he'd appeal to Montana's right-leaning voters who have a history of electing Democratic mavericks. Quist blamed a botched gallbladder surgery when confronted with a series of attacks that he had unpaid property taxes and debts.


Quist, who raised more than $6 million for his upstart bid, said the experience gave him insight into the economic struggles some people face.

Gianforte: Get the h*** out of here.

You need to be Logged in to sign up for Express Login. "The last guy that came in here did the same thing", the candidate is heard saying. Why did he allegedly assault a journalist in the first place?

Last night I learned a lesson.


Greg Gianforte apologised for the alleged "body-slam" after winning the election. But it might have been too late for the incident to boost Quist.

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