GOP House candidate who assaulted reporter wins Montana election

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This keeps Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's former seat in the GOP column, and represents another close-but-no-cigar result for Democrats, who are mostly contesting special elections in strong Republican areas where seats are vacated by Trump appointees.

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". Fox News reporters on scene said Gianforte also punched Jacobs, who later tweeted that he was "body slammed" by Gianforte.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault on Wednesday, the night before the election, after he brutalized a journalist at a campaign event in front of several witnesses.

President Donald Trump applauds Thursday night's Montana victory by Republican Greg Gianforte. "That's the Montana way". "I'm not proud of what happened". I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that, I am sorry, Mr. I should not have responded in the way that I did, and for that I am sorry. Hours later, Gianforte was charged with assault, and some Fox News staffers revealed how brutal the display really was.

Despite the chilling recording of Gianforte's attack, and his statement blaming Jacobs for the violence against him, the candidate won the seat yesterday by about six points.

And for that I am sorry.

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On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan urged Gianforte to apologize for the incident.

"We'll talk to you about that later", Gianforte said, to which Jacobs replied, "Yeah, but there's not going to be time". "Elections are about choices and Montanans made their choice-selecting Greg Gianforte to represent them in Congress", Zack Roday said in a statement. That's not the person I am, and it's not the way I'll lead in this state. Despite the rebuke from Montana's media, Montana voters received robocalls from Trump and Vice President Mike Pence urging voters to back Gianforte.

Thursday's election leaves Democrats without a win in special elections since November, with Republicans having won contests in Louisiana, Kansas and now Montana.

Ryan told reporters at a news conference, "Physical adjustment? That's not our choice, that's the people of Montana who choose that", Ryan said.

"It is unsettling on many levels that Greg Gianforte physically assaulted a journalist and then lied, refusing to take responsibility for his actions".