Gianforte apologizes to reporter in acceptance speech

Speaking to supporters following his victory, he said: "I should not have responded the way I did - for that I'm sorry".

And in response to the Fox News reporters who detailed Gianforte's alleged assault, Meyers said, "Here's a sentence I never thought I'd say, 'Thank you Fox News for telling us the truth'". Early voting was certainly a factor in the win: by Wednesday night, more than half of voters had already cast their ballots in the race due to the state's mail-in voting law.

When the votes were tallied Thursday night, Republican Greg Gianforte edged Democratic challenger Rob Quist by a seven point margin (189,473 Republican votes, 166,483 Democratic votes). "It's unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ", a Gianforte spokesperson initially said of the incident, according to Fox News.

"When you make a mistake, you have to own up to it", Gianforte said during his victory party.

"And we forgive you!" someone interrupted.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called for Gianforte to apologize, saying "that's wrong and should not happen".

Jacobs: You just body-slammed me and broke my glasses.

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.

Greg Gianforte was charged with assault on the eve of the special election. And for that I'm sorry, Mr. "They also, I think, are reluctant to admit that they made a mistake". Greg Gianforte, right, and wife Susan, center, celebrate his win over Rob Quist for the open congressional seat at the Hilton Garden Inn Thursday night, May 25, 2017, in Bozeman, Mont. "That's the Montana way", said Gianforte.

After the altercation, Gianforte's campaign issued a statement blaming the reporter and the candidate stayed out of sight. "He will bring that experience to Congress, where he will be a valuable voice in the House Republican Conference". His win represents a temperature-taking of America's heartland regarding the Republican party-it suggests they still stand behind President Donald Trump-as well as a ringing endorsement of violence against the press. Gianforte will now take the state's only seat in the House of Representatives.

Gianforte and Quist were polar opposites in the race: The Republican had electoral experience from a previous but failed run at the Montana governorship past year, whereas Quist was a novice.

  • Leroy Wright