GOP rep: Alleged Montana assault 'unacceptable,' but voters have spoken

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"That's the Montana way", said Gianforte.

There were reports of long lines Thursday at polling places in Browning, but Glacier County Clerk and Recorder Glenda Hall said it was no busier than she expected. "Elections are about choices and Montanans made their choice-selecting Greg Gianforte to represent them in Congress", Zack Roday said in a statement.

Some of his supporters responded at the victory speech by telling Gianforte, "You are forgiven".

"I guess that's really not for me to talk about", Quist said. "Behave. That was outrageous". The nation needs to study and fix the apparent gulf between the uber-privileged and the rest of us, lest it become a threat, not just to the health of reporters, but to our democracy itself.

Other witnesses corroborated Jacobs's version of events - including a crew from Fox News, the most-viewed U.S. cable news channel and a favorite of conservatives.

"I'm going to let the people of Montana decide who they want as their representative".

The opening was made possible when former Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke took a spot in the President Trump administration.

Montana's secretary of state's office says 37 percent of registered voters had returned absentee ballots as of Wednesday.

The race became the most expensive U.S. House contest in Montana history, with spending by the campaigns and outside groups topping $18 million, or twice as much as the old record set just past year.

The apology was a pivot from the campaign's initial response to the body-slam charge, which was to blame the reporter.

A few lawmakers did comment.


A reporter asked Ryan whether he will seat Gianforte if the Republican wins. It's not appropriate behavior. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, called the candidate's altercation with a reporter "unsettling on many levels".

Gianforte, a 56-year-old software entrepreneur from Bozeman, was the favorite going into a race just several months after Trump won the state by 20 points. "Rest assured, our work is just beginning, but it does begin with me taking responsibility for my actions".

Jacobs told ABC's "Good Morning America" that he was doing his job and asking a question.

In reality, Quist was a flawed candidate with a checkered past who simply didn't cut it. Gianforte was a well-established, successful businessman who has heavily invested and helped to improve the economy of the state. Three of Montana's biggest newspapers rescinded their endorsements of Gianforte and Democratic lawmakers publicly scolded the GOP's candidate.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault.

Ryan's campaign spokesman congratulated Gianforte early Friday. Jacobs did not suffer any significant injuries in the incident, but said his glasses were broken.

Greg Gianforte won the Montana U.S. House special election on Thursday night.

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

The assault occurred as Jacobs tried to ask Gianforte about healthcare, according to an audio tape.

He criticized Gianforte's statement following the incident, which Meyers said tried to make the politician himself sound like a victim.

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