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Republican Greg Gianforte Wins Montana Special Election

Republican Greg Gianforte has won the Montana House seat left vacant by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Gianforte has 189,473 votes, compared to Democrat Rob Quist with 166,483 votes. Speaking from Italy, Trump praised Gianforte’s “great win in Montana.” On Wednesday night, Gianforte was charged with assault, following an altercation with The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs, who accused Gianforte of “body slamming” him and breaking his glasses. Gianforte’s campaign claimed Jacobs, who recorded audio of the incident, “grabbed Greg’s wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground,” but eyewitnesses backed Jacobs’ account. Going into Thursday’s election, 37 percent of Montana’s registered voters had already voted absentee.

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