'Surreal': Guardian Reporter Who Says He Was Body-Slammed Recounts

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Gianforte had been silent in the wake of the allegations, with his campaign only releasing a statement claiming that the Guardian's Ben Jacobs had been the aggressor.

Whatever the results in the special election, it is clear that Gianforte is unfit to hold office and at the very least should resign if he does win. Last night I made a mistake...

Saying he was "not proud" of his behavior, he added, "I should not have responded the way I did, for that I'm sorry". "I should not have treated that reporter that way".

The U.S. editor of Jacob's employer, The Guardian, put out a statement Wednesday evening expressing support Jacobs.

Going into Thursday, Gianforte held a single-digit lead over Democrat Rob Quist, a folk singer and first-time candidate. Libertarian candidate Mark Wicks was taking 6 percent.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault Wednesday, after a Guardian newspaper reporter who repeatedly questioned him about his stance on a proposed health care legislation said the candidate "body slammed" him and broke his glasses.

Greg Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after witnesses said he grabbed a reporter by the neck on Wednesday and threw him to the ground at Gianforte's campaign headquarters in Bozeman. Gianforte must now appear in court by June 7. If convicted, he could face up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

Even before the tumultuous final hours, some began to see the contest as a bellwether on health care and the AHCA. "Vote. Against. Him. Vote For Rob Quist".

While Quist was outspoken in his opposition to the bill, Gianforte had hedged.

Of approximately 700,000 Montana registered voters overall, 37% cast their vote early, Oestreicher said.

Republicans don't think Quist will win, but if he does, it will be meltdown time in the GOP. It could also bolster recruiting and fundraising for Democrats elsewhere.

Quist, 69, delivered a concession speech to supporters in Missoula, noting the energy and grassroots activism that his campaign helped generate during the sprint toward Thursday's election. "The last guy who came here did the same thing".


Privately, however, Democrats were skeptical that was possible, even after the altercation between Jacobs and Gianforte. His Republican opponent? Greg Gianforte.

And both parties also privately grumbled about their candidates.

But Republicans rapidly mounted a wilting attack on the airwaves over Quist's financial troubles, including a history of unpaid taxes and liens.

Writing in a late-night editorial, the Missoulian said Gianforte "should lose the confidence of all Montanans". The race has attracted major media outlets and political players stumping for the candidates, including Vice President Mike Pence, the president's son Donald Trump Jr. and Vermont Independent Sen.

Just like the national trend, more Montanans are choosing to request absentee ballots.

In 2016, Gianforte lost a race for governor of Montana.

"The incident as reported in recent news involving Mr. Gianforte was both regrettable and disappointing".

Tamy Wagner, KECI vice president and general manager, told HuffPost in an email that the station "did not have specific instructions or any instruction from Sinclair", in its handing of the Gianforte story.

Montana has only one representative in the US House, and Republicans have controlled it since 1997. Jon Tester, who's expected to face a tough re-election fight himself next year.

Polls have closed in the closely-watched Montana special election. The anti-Trump surge is formidable, but it hasn't swept any Dems into Congress as yet. "It seems like there is more of us than there is of him", according to the Ravalli Republic. If Trump's approval ratings continue to fall, the House will be firmly in play.

And while Democrats may well need a win on the board in order to prove that the protests and marches against Trump can translate at the ballot box, the trendline is in their favor and should be worrisome for Republicans, as the Cook Political Report's David Wasserman noted. "We need to let the facts surrounding this incident unfold", the OH congressman said. In the last election, Zinke easily defeated the Democratic challenger, 56% - 41%.

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