Was Montana's wild House race a Trump test? Not so much

Rush Limbaugh ‘Studly and manly’ Gianforte beat up ‘smug and arrogant’ reporter

One day after a Republican candidate for Congress allegedly body slammed a reporter, polls closed in Montana on Thursday evening for the the state's only House seat.

Quist has declined to comment on the charge.

Representative elect Greg Gianforte apologizes for becoming involved in an altercation with a reporter less than 24 hours before the special congressional election during his victory speech in Bozeman, Montana May 25, 2017.

On CBS' Late Show, Stephen Colbert touched on the special congressional election saying Gianforte may or may not win but "he will definitely win the next Wrestlemania". "Yeah, I think he should apologize", Ryan said.

"Wow, I guess the GOP really has become the party of Donald Trump", said Meyers, showing a clip of Trump body-slamming WWE CEO Vince McMahon.

But the incident came after an estimated two-thirds had already cast their ballots by mail - and none were allowed to change their votes after news of the confrontation broke. If convicted of the crime, Gianforte faces up to a $500 fine and/or up to six months in jail. The statement added that Jacobs' injuries did not meet the legal definition of felony assault.

Gianforte dropped out of sight after he was cited by police and ignored calls on Thursday by national Republicans for him to apologise to the reporter. "[We] watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter".

"If you have somebody sticking a phone in your face, a mic in your face, over and over, and you don't know how to deal with the situation, you haven't really done that, you haven't dealt with that, I can see where it can ... make you a little angry", Scott said Thursday.

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

Gianforte's campaign said Jacobs was the aggressor in the incident and grabbed the candidate's wrist before they both fell to the ground.

Gianforte's campaign blamed Jacobs for the incident.

And in response to the Fox News reporters who detailed Gianforte's alleged assault, Meyers said, "Here's a sentence I never thought I'd say, 'Thank you Fox News for telling us the truth'".

Mr Gianforte received a citation to appear in court by June 7. He said of the politician's account "The only thing that is factually correct.is my name and place of employment".

Democrats had hoped Quist, a Montana folk singer and first-time candidate, could have capitalized on a wave of activism following President Donald Trump's election.

But after he was declared the victor, Gianforte apologized for the attack.

What the results tell us: Quist cut into Zinke's 15% margin in 2016, but that was with the help of massive fundraising and support from the likes of Bernie Sanders - and moral victories will only go so far. Despite the rebuke from Montana's media, Montana voters received robocalls from Trump and Vice President Mike Pence urging voters to back Gianforte.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault because there was no serious bodily injury, Gootkin said. The Committee called for Gianforte to quit the race.

Limbaugh even called Gianforte a "manly, obviously studly Republican candidate".

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