Republican Gianforte Wins Montana House Seat, Apologizes After Assault Charge

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26 May 2017 | 5:40 am

Republican Greg Gianforte won Montana’s special congressional election late Thursday barely a day after he was charged with misdemeanor assault following accusations that he body-slammed a reporter, NBC News reported.

Gianforte, a technology entrepreneur, claimed about a 50- to 44-percent lead over Democrat Rob Quist. 

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“Tonight Montanans are sending a message to the Washington, D.C., establishment,” Gianforte told a cheering crowd in Boseman after the results were announced.

Gianforte also addressed his assault charge and clash with a Guardian reporter. “I made a mistake, and I took an action that I can’t take back,” he said. “I should not have treated that reporter that way … I am sorry.”

Published at 11:39 PM CDT on May 25, 2017 | Updated at 12:47 AM CDT on May 26, 2017

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