Democrat concedes to Gianforte in Montana race

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the misdemeanor assault case against Greg Gianforte, a Republican candidate for a Montana congressional seat in a special election Thursday. (all times local):

11:15 p.m.

Democrat Rob Quist conceded the contest for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House late Thursday to Republican Greg Gianforte.

The country singer and political newcomer told supporters he called Gianforte and stressed the need to listen to all Montanans.

Quist said he was “sure that Montanans will hold Mr. Gianforte accountable.”

Gianforte was charged with assaulting a Guardian reporter the day before the election. He apologized during his victory speech.


10:55 p.m.

Newly elected Republican congressman Greg Gianforte apologized to the reporter he’s charged with assaulting.

After being declared the winner in the U.S. House race in Montana, Gianforte told supporters Thursday night that he should not have treated Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs the way he did.

Gianforte told the crowd: “I should not have responded the way I did and for that I am sorry.”

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault Wednesday after witnesses said he grabbed Jacobs and slammed him to the ground.

Gianforte defeated Democrat Rob Quist and Libertarian Mark Wicks.


10:30 p.m.

Republican Greg Gianforte has won the special election for Montana’s sole U.S. House seat a day after being charged with assaulting a reporter.

Gianforte defeated Democrat Rob Quist on Thursday to replace Ryan Zinke, who is now President Donald Trump’s interior secretary.

Gianforte was elected despite being charged with misdemeanor assault on Wednesday after witnesses said he grabbed a reporter for the Guardian newspaper and slammed him to the ground.

The multimillionaire technology entrepreneur is an enthusiastic Trump backer, and his victory was seen as an endorsement of Trump.

Gianforte’s campaign was boosted by rallies featuring Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr. plus millions of dollars in ads by Republican…

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