Republican Greg Gianforte wins Montana special election

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People at Gianforte's campaign headquarters referred all questions to spokesman Shane Scanlon, who was not there. MSNBC's "MTP Daily" says he canceled on the show.

"Tonight Montanans are sending a wake-up call to the Washington, D.C. establishment", Gianforte said.

"If you have somebody sticking a phone in your face, a mic in your face, over and over, and you don't know how to deal with the situation, you haven't really done that, you haven't dealt with that, I can see where it can. make you a little angry", Scott said.

Gianforte yelled: "The last guy who came in here did the same thing".

"Are you so past the rule of law, and lack so much confidence in your ideas that this is where you take political satisfaction?".

Gianforte was issued a citation for misdemeanor assault. "I do not condone violence in any way". House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has also denounced Gianforte's actions.

His supporters in the crowd quickly said he was forgiven.

Gianforte was charged with a misdemeanor of assault after UK Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs attempted to interview the seat's GOP standard-bearer.

In his victory speech, Gianforte also echoed numerous themes of Trump's campaign.

The controversial legislation had become a key point in the contest, with Quist - a quasi-famous folk singer in the state - seizing upon it as he looked to build resistance to Trump and the Republican agenda in a solidly red state the president carried by 20 points last November. "Behave. That was outrageous".

In his victory speech, Gianforte appeared humbled by the recent controversy, and apologized to Jacobs for the incident that had at one point appeared to doom his campaign. Screnar said she and her husband have known Gianforte for the better part of a decade.

Jacobs was taken to the hospital and later released, media reports said.

A Montana Republican running for a U.S. House of Representatives seat was charged with assaulting a reporter hours before polls opened on Thursday for a special election that could test President Donald Trump's political clout.

The special election for the seat vacated by now-Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke drew attention and millions of dollars from both parties for the past several weeks. Montana voters are heading to the polls Thursday, Ma.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin made the announcement late Wednesday in a statement posted to the county web site.

A few lawmakers did comment.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) "It's not appropriate behavior".

As a candidate, he has already had to apologize for his treatment of the press after an incident last month at a meeting of a Christian group where a man complained about reporters and said he wanted to "wring their necks".

"Get the hell out of here", Gianforte says. "And if a candidate for Congress can't do that, then he definitely doesn't deserve to have that position". But now in Montana, Gianforte's win is reason to question whether Democrats truly have the momentum.

In the voting, Quist had done well in Democratic strongholds like Missoula, Helena and Bozeman - but Gianforte held a big lead in Billings, the state's biggest city, and a led in usually Democratic Cascade County (Great Falls). He said that Trump had called the media the "enemies of the people", repeatedly verbally abused reporters, and was reckless and irresponsible calling out people's names in large arenas and tweeting attacks about those reporters.

Gianforte campaigned as a gun-loving Montanan endorsed by the National Rifle Association to build his credibility among hunting enthusiasts and to motivate gun rights activists to vote. "After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined".

Robert O'Neill, the former Navy SEAL who claimed to have fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden, called the reporter who was "body-slammed" by a Republican House candidate in Montana a "snowflake".

It was unclear if Gianforte's assault had an impact on the vote. Gianforte's campaign blamed Jacobs, saying the reporter was being aggressive and grabbed Gianforte.

Jacobs told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday that he never touched Gianforte.

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