GOP candidate accused of assaulting reporter wins House seat, apologizes for 'mistake'

Gianforte's campaign did not deny Jacobs' allegation but countered in its own statement that the reporter provoked an altercation.

Last night I did make a mistake.

Gianforte apologized personally to Jacobs and the Fox News crew that saw the incident and said he was "sorry to each one of you, that we had to go through this". "Not quirky personalities." Quist had the support of progressives like Bernie Sanders throughout the increasingly tight race, but pervasive anti-Trump sentiment has yet to propel him-or other Democrats-into Congress. Yet, at a meet and greet event in Bozeman, The Guardian's Ben Jacobs wanted to ask Mr. Gianforte about the CBO score on the GOP health care bill. Although this may seem like a shocking result, it can (at least) partially be explained by two-thirds of Montana voters opting to cast their ballots early.

Gianforte campaigning with Donald Trump Jr in Montana.

"Once again, voters responded to President Trump's call to protect the hard work this administration has done to reform a burdensome tax code, cut onerous regulations, and relieve hardworking taxpayers across the country from the rising costs of Obamacare".

"We are also sick and exhausted - of Gianforte's incessant attacks on the free press", the Helena Independent Record wrote.

In a statement, the National Republican Campaign Committee said "we all make mistakes". Montanans said we need to drain the swamp.

During Fox News' coverage of the incident, it pointed out that three of its reporters had been eyewitnesses and confirmed the confrontation between Gianforte and Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.

Republican Greg Gianforte has won the special election for Montana's sole U.S. House seat a day after being charged with assaulting a reporter.

The polls are open in a race for Montana's only congressional seat just hours after the front-running candidate was charged with beating up a reporter.

But Gianforte also benefited from millions of dollars spent on ads and mailers by GOP groups like the Conservative Leadership Fund. "Now he needs to resolve his legal issue so that he can start off on the right foot serving his constituents", Stivers said.

Though Gianforte's Democratic opponent-folk singer and first-time candidate Rob Quist-gained momentum during the election, particularly after Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault on Wednesday, it wasn't enough to push him over the edge.

Stivers' Democratic counterpart, Rep. Scarborough said, adding that people are "clueless" if they think "the thuggish behavior from the president of the United States does not have an impact on people who are trying to emulate him".

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