Published: Fri, May 26, 2017
Finance | By Laverne Griffith

Sinclair owned station in Montana won't air recording of Gianforte assault


The special election was made possible when former Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke took a spot in the President Trump administration.

Since the incident took place, Gianforte has since been charged with misdemeanor assault and the state's three largest newspapers withdrew their endorsement.

His campaign has blamed Jacobs, contending he aggressively shoved his phone in the candidate's face and grabbed Gianforte's wrist as the Republican tried to move it away.

Polls close at 8 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET). FILE - In this March 11, 2017, file photo, Mark Wicks, standing, addresses Montana Libertarians gathering for their party's nominating convention in Helena, Mont. Jacobs persisted with his question.Gianforte's campaign says Jacobs entered the office without permission, shoved a recorder in the candidate's face, and asked badgering questions.Rep. Luke Messer, R-Indiana, offered perhaps the most forthright take on the political ramifications of the incident when he said of Gianforte: "I'm not sure whether it will hurt him or help him".What's more, Gianforte assaulted Jacobs in front of three witnesses.Gianforte's whereabouts weren't immediately known Thursday.In response to the assault and to Scanlon's statement, the Billings Gazette rescinded its endorsement of Gianforte, along with local newspapers the Missoulian and the Independent Record.The editorial board of the Billings Gazette, a CNN affiliate, retracted its enforcement of Gianforte, stating, "We believe that you cannot love America, love the Constitution, talk about the importance of a free press and then pummel a reporter".In November, Trump won the state by 20 points and a Democrat hasn't won the congressional seat for two decades. If Gianforte goes down, Senate Republicans are going to panic about their next step on health care.

It's unclear how much the turn of events will impact the outcome of the contest between Gianforte and Democratic nominee Rob Quist, especially because many voters had cast their ballots early. If Gianforte wins the special election, Ryan should make it 31. "That is the Montana way".

The reporter posted an audio clip in which a loud crash is heard, and Gianforte then appears to say: "The last time you came in here you did the same thing". I am not proud of what happened.

"I should not have responded the way I did". I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that I'm sorry, Mr.

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In 2016, Gianforte lost a race for governor of Montana. Quist campaigned in the closing stretch with Sen.

"I was disappointed to see he flew off the handle like that", she said.

"I was already going to vote for Rob Quist", said Ariel Lusty, a 22-year-old graduate student at Montana State, who sported an "I Voted" sticker as she sat inside Wild Joe's Coffee Spot. You must continue to be involved.

"Tonight Montanans are sending a message to the Washington, D.C., establishment", Gianforte told a cheering crowd in Boseman after the results were announced.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said Gianforte was charged with a misdemeanor instead of a felony because no weapon was used and Jacobs was not seriously injured. "I, of course, hope the Republican is successful today because I think his views are the views of the people of Montana". "I don't know that he quite has the fortitude to weather this and pull it off".

Yet Gianforte's single-digit win paled to Trump's 20-point romp in Montana in November, a sign that Republicans will have to work hard to defend some of their most secure seats to maintain control of Congress. According to the Associated Press, with 96 percent of the vote in, Gianforte was winning 51 percent to Quist's 43 percent.

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