Republican Gianforte apologizes to the reporter he assaulted in his victory speech

Was Montana’s wild House race a Trump test? Not so much

Republican Gianforte apologizes to the reporter he assaulted in his victory speech

The Republican multimillionaire Gianforte won Monday.

Ryan's campaign spokesman congratulated Gianforte early Friday.

(Tommy Martino/The Missoulian via AP).

The race ultimately turned on the weaknesses of both Gianforte and his opponent, folk singer and Democrat Rob Quist, making it tough to use as a barometer for the nation's political mood.

(AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan).

Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte looking on during a campaign meet and greet in Great Falls, Montana, May 23, 2017. Democrats had hoped to send a message to Republicans that they weren't safe even in highly conservative states.

Gianforte campaigning with Donald Trump Jr in Montana.

"The people of Montana deserve to finally have representation in the U.S. House", party chairwoman Nancy Keenan said in a statement. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle refused to endorse either candidate. "And that's not the way I'll lead in this state".

"Greg Gianforte will be the next congressman from Montana, and Nancy Pelosi and liberals in Washington were rejected again", Rep. Steve Stivers of OH, who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee, said after the GOP win. Libertarian Mark Wicks had 5.7 percent in the special election.

An energized Democratic voter base. The cowboy-hat-wearing musician making his first run for Congress had some financial problems in his past that Republicans jumped on. "Democrats who have won statewide in Montana tend to be moderate, and Quist is no moderate".

The two competed for Montana's sole congressional seat.

Rural Voters Trended Slightly Toward the Democratic Candidate.

Gianforte: I'm sick and exhausted of you guys.

"And for that I'm sorry", he added, to thunderous applause. While the Gianforte story sounds like an extreme case of a Republican politician avoiding a healthcare bill question, Meyers points out that it's just one example in a larger pattern of hostility towards journalists and protesters that Donald Trump has been encouraging among Republicans and his supporters for a long time now.

Republicans were also reluctant to put too much meaning into the Montana outcome, given the particular circumstances of that race. "There's no question in my mind that Gianforte should not be sworn into office", Lujan said.

Liberals on social media reacted to the news that Gianforte won despite being charged with assault.

In victory, a contrite Gianforte took a different tone than the statement his spokesman issued late Thursday, which rapped the Guardian's Ben Jacobs for "aggressive behavior" and presented an alternate version of events than what the reporter captured on audio.

New York Magazine cited sources close to KECI's news director, Julie Weindel, who told NBC News, "The person that tweeted [Jacobs] and was allegedly body slammed is a reporter for a politically biased publication". Gianforte's victory preserved the GOP's 24-seat advantage in the House of Representatives. "That's the Montana way", he said.

Last night, I learned a lesson.

Gianforte also apologized to Jacobs during his victory speech saying, "I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that, I'm sorry, Mr".

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