Polls close in election after candidate allegedly body slams reporter

Since the story broke, Gianforte has been charged with assault.

And Ryan indicated that Gianforte, a wealthy tech company founder, would be welcome in the House Republican conference if he wins what appeared to be a tight race against Democrat Rob Quist.

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".

In 24 hours, the race has turned upside down.

"He assaulted a reporter". "I wonder how many people in Montana are now going to vote for the guy, though?"

But several Republican voters were willing to withhold judgment or were flat-out skeptical of what reportedly unfolded. "I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that, I am sorry, Mr".

Debbie Warriner of Kalispell called the reports "a crock of baloney".

"But I can understand how somebody could push somebody's buttons", she said. But speaking at his victory party in Bozeman shortly after the race was called, Gianforte admitted he was in the wrong and offered an apology to Jacobs. Jacobs asked Gianforte what his position on the GOP House health care bill was, now that the Congressional Budget Office had just released its analysis of the bill.

"Tonight, as Greg was giving a separate interview in a private office, The Guardian's Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg's face, and began asking badgering questions".

Asked if assaulting a reporter is appropriate behavior, California Rep. Duncan Hunter said, "Of course not". The candidate was not in custody or under arrest at the time. Hours later, Gianforte's lawyer contacted the sheriff's office, Gootkin told reporters.

Gootkin said the contribution had nothing to do with his duties as sheriff or his decision not to recuse himself from the investigation. He would not answer questions about why he contributed or whether he regularly donates to campaigns, saying that "doesn't have anything to do with the incident".

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and U.S. Sen.

That means anywhere from a third to a fourth of the overall vote will happen at the polls Thursday. A Republican-leaning New Yorker chatting with The Canadian Press fumed at recent New York Times coverage; he said he'd be glad to see its headquarters burn to the ground. "I took an action I can't take back and I am not proud of what happened". "We have a right to do our jobs", said Bernie Lunzer, a former journalist and the president of the NewsGuild, a union representing some 25,000 journalists in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. "They deserve to have their voices heard in Washington".

The sheriff who cited a Montana congressional candidate for misdemeanor assault has apologized for not disclosing that he contributed $250 to the Republican's campaign.

Democrats made a late investment in the race. He got me and I think he hit me... But he said, "I think this incident sends an unacceptable signal that physical assault is an appropriate response by an unwanted question by a journalist". "I wonder how many people in Montana are now gonna vote for the guy, though?" Robocalls are illegal in Montana, according to state law. But part of the job representing the people of Montana is answering basic questions on important topics, topics such as how a unsafe health care plan could impact the very people you are trying to represent.

The controversial legislation had become a key point in the contest, with Quist - a quasi-famous folk singer in the state - seizing upon it as he looked to build resistance to Trump and the Republican agenda in a solidly red state the president carried by 20 points last November.

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. He's the one who rode a horse to work.

  • Zachary Reyes