Republican Gianforte wins special congressional election in Montana
With 77 percent of precincts reporting, Gianforte garnered 50.6 percent of the vote, defeating Democratic candidate Rob Quist who took 43.5 percent, according to the Associated Press.
The night before the election, Gianforte had a physical altercation with Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, who claims the newly elected representative “body slammed” him as he tried to ask a question about healthcare.
On Thursday, Democratic Governor Steve Bullock accused Gianforte of lying about the alleged assault that led to a misdemeanor charge against him.
“Yesterday’s events serve as another wake up call to all Montanans and Americans that we must restore civility in politics and governing, and demand more from people who hold the public’s trust,” Bullock wrote on Facebook. “One thing is clear: no matter what happens today, the actions of Gianforte do not reflect the values of Montana or its people.”