Bozeman, Montana – Greg Gianforte, a Republican candidate for Montana special election, has won the open U.S. House seat, defeating Democrat Rob Quist, despite being charged with assaulting the Guardian reporter, Ben Jacobs.
The chairman of the Montana Republican Party, Jeff Essmann says the charges against Republican Greg Gianforte for assaulting a reporter do not appear to be affecting the special election for the state’s sole House seat.
Jeff Essmann during Wednesday’s argument with Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs on Thursday night said
"Gianforte is a human being, and he acted like one”
The two Democratic Congressional candidates, Greg Gianforte (tech entrepreneur and an articulate millionaire) and Rob Quist (a 69-year-old singer, songwriter-turned-Democratic congressional candidate), marked race against one another.
According to Edision's research, with 87% of division reporting, Gianforte had 181,255 votes or 50.6% of the vote, compared to Quist who has 156,130 votes or 43.6% of the vote.
On losing the Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House late Thursday, Quist said
“I am sure that Montanas will hold Mr. Gianforte accountable.”
The crowds came into the cheerful atmosphere when the results were projected on a screen in the ballroom.Every supporter of Gianforte jumped into excitement after his winning announcement.
During his victory speech, Gianforte apologized the Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, for his bad misbehave and breaking his glasses by body slamming.
“When you make a mistake, you have to own up to it,” Gianforte told his supporters who were at his Election Night rally in Bozeman. “That’s the Montana way.”
He misbehaved a reporter and 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, and for that, I’m sorry, Mr. Ben Jacobs.”
Members of the supportive responded by shouting, “You’re forgiven.”