G.O.P. Candidate Cruises to Victory After Allegedly Assaulting Reporter


"Last night I learned a lesson". When you make a mistake, you have to own up to it.

That's the Montana way. I took an action that I can not take back. For that I'm sorry.

And for that I am sorry. I am sorry Mr. The Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC, the Republican National Committee, and the National Republican Congressional Committee invested more than $4.7 million combined to get Gianforte in Congress. Quist received far less support from national organizations: the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent $340,000; the Progressive Turnout Project chipped in $200,000; and, Planned Parenthood Action Fund's total expenditure in the race was around $120,000.

And instead of Trump, who was embraced by Gianforte and rarely mentioned by Quist in a state where the president remains popular, Republicans said the key national figure in the race was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. "Rest assured - our work is just beginning - but it does begin with me taking responsibility for my own actions". According to audio footage and witness testimony of Fox News reporters, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck, threw him to the floor, and punched him in the face, breaking his glasses and putting him in the hospital.

A pair of congressman criticized the newly elected lawmaker Friday morning. Nearly 70 percent of votes were cast early in the race. Democratic candidate Rob Quist is consoled by a supporter after his concession speech after losing Montana's only U.S. House seat to Republican candidate Greg Gianforte at the DoubleTree Hotel, Thursday night, May. "So, that is wrong and it should not have happened".

Montana law enforcement officials on Wednesday charged Gianforte with misdemeanor assault. If convicted of the crime, Gianforte faces up to a $500 fine and/or up to six months in jail.

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The audio recording of the incident spread around the world in minutes and repeatedly played on local, national and global news.

"NBC Montana takes pride in reporting only verifiable facts from an independent, reliable sources".

Robert O'Neill, the former Navy SEAL who claimed to have fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden, called the reporter who was "body-slammed" by a Republican House candidate in Montana a "snowflake".

Not only did the final hours of the campaign center around a bombshell assault allegation that took reporters to the sheriff's office rather than the polls, but throughout most of the campaign Quist and Gianforte weren't just talking about Trump.

A number of Montana newspapers withdrew their endorsement of Gianforte after the incident, but neither that nor the incident affected the outcome.

After Gianforte told Jacobs to ask his spokesman, there's sound of a scuffle and Gianforte shouting.