Taylor: Montana Voters' Choice on Gianforte Should Be 'Honored'

Gianforte, who was charged with misdemeanor assault, officially won the election early this morning.

"I'm sick and exhausted of you guys", Gregg allegedly shouted, as the Guardian reporter captured the incident on audio. Greg Gianforte celebrates his win over Rob Quist for the open congressional seat at the Hilton Garden Inn, Thursday night, May 25, 2017, in Bozeman, Mont.

Gianforte carried the night, as expected, given that Montana has not sent a Democrat to the House in 20 years, but not without an explosive final 24 hours of the race that already casts a dark cloud over his victory. The incident took place Wednesday, the day before the election, when witnesses said Gianforte slammed to the ground a reporter who was asking him questions about the Republican health care bill.

Last night, I made a mistake, and I took an action that I can't take back.

"I should not have responded in the way that I did", Gianforte said.

The campaign was also a clash of national interest groups, with the National Rifle Association, Americans for Prosperity, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committees and many others supporting targeted advertisements and voter outreach.

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In an interview with the Missoulian newspapers, Gianforte said he wasn't aware of Rose's white nationalist views and he supported him because he supported all Republican candidates in the last election. The office was vacated by former Rep. Ryan Zinke (R., Mont.), who left to become interior secretary.

Gianforte had to silence his crowd of supporters to apologize. Fox News reporters on scene said Gianforte also punched Jacobs, who later tweeted that he was "body slammed" by Gianforte.

In his victory speech, Gianforte gave a more thorough apology to Jacobs. Mr Ryan spokesman Zack Roday in a statement praised the victor as an "outsider" who "will be a valuable voice in the House Republican Conference".

During his run for the House seat, Mr Gianforte tied himself to Mr Trump, promising to help "drain the swamp" and campaigning with Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr.

"That's his model, Donald Trump", she told reporters.

Vox Editor Ezra Klein went so far as to say that if Republicans "underperform as badly, they'll lose the House". In Montana, according to CrimalDefenseLawyer.com, someone convicted of misdemeanor assault can be fined up to $500, receive a country jail sentence up to six months, or both.

  • Alfonso Moody