Republican Greg Gianforte apologizes to reporter after winning Montana race

Republican Greg Gianforte apologizes to reporter after winning Montana race

Republican Greg Gianforte apologizes to reporter after winning Montana race

But the close margin of the race in Republican-leaning Montana will be encouraging to Democrats, who feel they have a better chance in next month's hotly contested special House election in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia.

The vacancy in Montana arose after President Donald Trump appointed the previous holder of the seat, Ryan Zinke, as interior secretary. But the incident Wednesday that resulted in Gianforte allegedly assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, breaking his glasses, and sending him to the hospital instantly changed the tone of the entire election. The reporter, Ben Jacobs of The Gaurdian, was asking Gianforte for his reaction to the CBO score of the House health care bill. But on Thursday night, Gianforte apologized both to Jacobs and to the Fox News crew for having to witness the attack.

After the altercation Wednesday, Gianforte's campaign issued a statement blaming the reporter.

"I'm sick and exhausted of you guys", Gianforte said in audio of the event released by The Guardian. "That's the Montana way". "They also, I think, are reluctant to admit that they made a mistake".

"I've learned my electors wait until the last minute", she said.

Mr Gianforte had 50.4 per cent of the vote to Mr Quist's 43.9 per cent, according to the Associated Press, with 98 per cent of precincts reporting. Meyers told Gianforte that he's a politician and it's his job to answer reporters questions. About a third of eligible voters in Montana had already cast their ballots in early voting, and others said it didn't influence their vote.

Conservative and Republican groups outspent Democratic and liberal groups by about 7-to-1 in the campaign, although Quist said he raised more than $6 million for his campaign - more than Gianforte's.

The Montana congressional candidate, who was favored to win, has not been seen or heard from Thursday as voters go to the polls.

Gianforte said in his victory speech late Thursday that his victory is a victory for all Montana.

Trump won Montana by 20.6 percent over Hillary Clinton in November.

Afterward, three state newspapers rescinded their endorsements of Gianforte.

Gianforte will serve through the end of 2018.

He emerged only at his victory celebration Thursday night, where he said he accepted responsibility for the incident.

Gianforte's supporters shouted words of support as he apologized.

Gianforte was expected to address supporters at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman Thursday night, possibly after the race was called in his favor.

Quist ran a nontraditional populist campaign that saw appearances by Sen. He campaigned last weekend with US Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who won the state's 2016 Democratic presidential primary against Hillary Clinton.

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