GIANFORTE WINS SPECIAL ELECTION FOR MONTANA’S U.S. HOUSE SEAT

MISSOULA, MT -Republican Greg Gianforte won the state’s Special Election to fill Montana’s sole seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Gianforte defeated Democrat Rob Quist and Libertarian Mark Wicks in Thursday’s election.

His victory came just a day after he was cited for misdemeanor assault after an altercation with Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. Jacobs says Gianforte body-slammed him. After the incident, Gianforte didn’t appear publicly until his victory speech Thursday night.  He told the crowd he wants to take responsibility for his actions by apologizing to Jacobs and the Fox News team (who witnessed the attack) and to his supporters.

Gianforte faces a $500 fine and up to six months in jail for the incident.

Final election results listed below:

Results Updated 5/26/2017 06:20:01 AM MT

2017

SPECIAL ELECTION – MAY 25, 2017

 

STATEWIDE VOTER TURNOUT

54.22%

Total Turnout 379,763

Registered Voters 700,428

 

PRECINCTS REPORTING

100%

Partially 0

Fully 681

 

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE UNEXPIRED TERM

PRECINCTS FULLY: 445 / 681 | PARTIALLY: 215 / 681

 

GREG GIANFORTE – Republican

50%

189,473

 

ROB QUIST – Democrat

44%

166,483

 

MARK L WICKS – Libertarian

6%

21,509

 

TOTAL VOTES

377,465