May 26, 2017, "Republican Greg Gianforte wins Montana special election, CNN projects," CNN, Lauren Fox, Bozeman, Montana
"US House special election results: Montana at large"
"R-Greg Gianforte 50.8%
D-Rob Quist 43.4%
Libertarian-Mark Wicks 5.8%"
"Republican Greg Gianforte has won the special election for Montana's open US House seat, CNN projects, defeating Democrat Rob Quist and capping off a
whirlwind final 36 hours of the campaign that saw Gianforte being
charged for allegedly assaulting a reporter.
his acceptance speech, Gianforte apologized by name to Ben Jacobs, the
Guardian reporter who accused the Republican of "body-slamming" him and
breaking his glasses.
you make a mistake, you have to own up to it," Gianforte told his
supporters at his Election Night rally in Bozeman. "That's the Montana
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, and for that I'm sorry, Mr. Ben Jacobs."
Members of the supportive crowd shouted, "You're forgiven."
87% of precincts reporting, Gianforte had 181,255 votes -- or 50.6% of
the vote, compared to Quist who has 156,130 votes, 43.6% of the vote,
according to Edison Research.
was considered the favorite heading into Thursday's election to fill
the seat once held by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, but that was before
the altercation with Jacobs on Wednesday. The Gallatin County Sheriff's
office later charged Gianforte with misdemeanor assault.
The congressional race in Montana pitted two diametrically opposed candidates
against one another. Gianforte: an articulate millionaire and tech
entrepreneur who sold his company RightNow Technologies to Oracle in
2012 for $1.8 billion. Quist: a first-time candidate and Montana folk
singer who'd amassed moderate Montana fame in the 1970s as a member of
the Mission Mountain Wood Band.
The early crowd of voters at Gianforte's rally were standing by the candidate, unfazed by the events of the previous 24 hours.
whole-heartedly support Greg. We love him," said Karen Screnar, a
Republican voter who had driven all the way from Helena to support
Gianforte. Screnar said she and her husband have known Gianforte for the
better part of a decade. After Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor
assault, Screnar said she was only "more ready to support Greg."
watched how the press is one-sided. Excuse me, that's how I feel.
(They're) making him their whipping boy so to speak through this
campaign," Screaner said. "There comes a point where, stop it."
Her husband, Terry, chimed in that he believed Gianforte was "set up."
Meanwhile in Missoula, Quist who had a live band on stage at his rally,
with some supporters dancing, a crowd made of young, college-aged voters
as well as older liberal Missoulans."...