Gianforte Wins Montana Seat Despite Assault Charge
It didn’t move the numbers. Greg Gianforte has won Montana’s single House seat in a special election, eking out 51 percent of the vote even after being charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly “body slamming” Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs in front of witnesses. It lost him previous endorsements from Montana newspapers and briefly buoyed Democrats’ hopes for a win in a state that voted for President Trump by more than 20 points. Gianforte, who’ll have to appear in court next month, apologized to Jacobs during his victory speech.