US Republican candidate wins Montana House seat
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 9:18
Mr Gianforte has apologised for the incident in which he is accused of "body slamming" Ben Jacobs who works for the UK's Guardian newspaper. Although this may seem like a shocking result, it can (at least) partially be explained by two-thirds of Montana voters opting to cast their ballots early.
"All of a sudden, what happened there in Montana, apparently this snowflake reporter invaded Gianforte's safe space", O'Neill said.
Gianforte's campaign issued a statement offering a starkly contrasting account. The Republican candidate's margin of victory was only 7 percent on Thursday night, compared to 15.8 percent for the Republican candidate November.
The editorial board of the Billings Gazette, a CNN affiliate, retracted its enforcement of Gianforte, stating, "We believe that you can not love America, love the Constitution, talk about the importance of a free press and then pummel a reporter". When you make a mistake, you have to own up to it. "That's not our choice, that's the people of Montana who choose that", Ryan said. "It's the strangest moment that's happened in my entire life reporting".
The Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC backed by House GOP leadership, dropped $2.7 million on the race. Montana law enforcement officials on Wednesday charged Gianforte with misdemeanor assault.
"I need to share something from my heart here, and I just ask you to bear with me". He surprised Democrats by nabbing his party's nomination at its convention in March. The Democratic political bench is thin, due in part to the loss of more than 1,030 seats in state legislatures, governor's mansions and Congress during Barack Obama's presidency. Bernie Sanders, Quist had never run for office before. "Democrats who have won statewide in Montana tend to be moderate, and Quist is no moderate".
But Republicans rapidly mounted a wilting attack on the airwaves over Quist's financial troubles, including a history of unpaid taxes and liens.
Gianforte: Get the h*** out of here.
The reporter posted an audio clip in which a loud crash is heard, and Gianforte then appears to say: "The last time you came in here you did the same thing".
"I was disappointed to see he flew off the handle like that", she said.
National Democrats took heat for not investing much in this race. "But Montanans spoke very clearly".