Polls Close in Montana's Suddenly Famous Special Congressional Election

Geneva Matthews
June 9, 2017

The special election was for Montana's lone House seat, which was vacated when former GOP Rep. Ryan Zinke was tapped to be Trump's Interior secretary. Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the Guardian, asked the Republican candidate a question about the polarizing healthcare bill traveling through the Senate right now; Gianforte responded by "bodyslamming" Jacobs and screaming that he was sick and exhausted of questions. According to audio footage and witness testimony of Fox News reporters, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck, threw him to the floor, and punched him in the face, breaking his glasses and putting him in the hospital.

"Last night I made a mistake and I took an action I can't take back and I am not proud of what happened", Gianforte told the crowd.

He criticized Gianforte's statement following the incident, which Meyers said tried to make the politician himself sound like a victim. "That's the Montana way". "I shouldn't have treated that reporter that way, and for that, I'm sorry, Mr". In a video posted to Twitter by Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel, Quist responded to reporters by saying it was something for law enforcement to deal with.

On Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi ripped Gianforte, as a "wannabe Trump", The Hill reported.

"We've watched how the press is one-sided".

Before running for the congressional seat, Gianforte unsuccessfully ran for Governor of Montana in 2016.

Since Republicans in Congress passed a repeal of Obamacare earlier this month, Quist had doubled down on his embrace of health care as a cornerstone of the campaign.

Speaking during an appearance on Fox News' "The Specialists", O'Neill, who is from Montana, also said the incident seemed "kind of amusing based on my history".

An hour and a half later, he tweeted that Gianforte needs to apologize.

"That's not the person I am and that's not the way I'll lead this state", he said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday condemned Gianforte's behavior and called on the then-candidate to apologize.

Three Montana newspapers who had previously endorsed the candidate withdrew their endorsement on Wednesday night, but President Donald Trump, who had endorsed Gianforte via a robocall, did not have a comment Thursday on the alleged assault.

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

Gianforte also was rolling up huge margins in the state's rural counties - an area where Quist, a country singer, had hoped he could fare better.

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