Trump congratulates body-slamming congressional candidate on win

Posted May 29, 2017

I should not have treated the reporter that way.

Gianforte used part of his victory to apologize to Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.

At his victory celebration, Gianforte apologized to Jacobs by name.

Greg Gianforte apologized late Thursday for attacking a reporter who had asked about the GOP health care bill. "If results stay on this arc, wake-up call for Dems & activists to recruit serious, sober, quality candidates", The Washington Post's Paul Kane tweeted on Thursday night.

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Gianforte and Quist were polar opposites in the race: The Republican had electoral experience from a previous but failed run at the Montana governorship a year ago, whereas Quist was a novice.

Gianforte, who was audibly irritated, reportedly body slammed the reporter.

The altercation didn't stop him from capturing 50 percent of the vote against opponent Rob Quist's 44 percent, according to the most recent tally from Decision Desk HQ, a favorable result that hardly seemed in doubt after nearly two-thirds of the ballots were cast in early voting in the GOP-friendly state.

"All of a sudden, what happened there in Montana, apparently this snowflake reporter invaded Gianforte's safe space", O'Neill said. Last night I did make a mistake. But during his congressional campaign, Gianforte was a passionate Trump supporter who urged Montana voters to help "drain the swamp".

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Gianforte campaigning with Donald Trump Jr in Montana.

Mr Gianforte received a citation to appear in court by June 7. A technology entrepreneur who was widely regarded among even Republican strategists as an imperfect candidate, Gianforte could be heard on an audio tape yelling at the reporter, Ben Jacobs of The Guardian.

The assault allegation didn't seem to faze voters. "And we've really got to say, 'Come on, behave, behave"'. Democratic enthusiasm up, Gianforte wins despite reporter assault controversy.

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Quist did well Thursday in Democratic strongholds like Missoula, Helena, Bozeman and Butte, and won most Indian reservation counties - but he lost Great Falls, usually considered a Democratic city, and he lost big in Billings, which Democrats need to at least break even if they hope to win statewide. Gianforte will now take the state's only seat in the House of Representatives. He attacked Gianforte as a transplant from New Jersey _ Gianforte moved to the state in the 1990s - which was a potent issue during the gubernatorial race but not enough to get Quist across the finish line.