In a statement, Gianforte's spokesperson, issued a statement claiming that Jacobs entered the headquarters without permission and was the aggressor in the situation.
More than a third of the state's registered voters had already submitted ballots before the incident happened, state election officials said. But after Gianforte declared victory, he apologized for his actions. "I should not have responded in the way that I did and for that I'm sorry".
Conservative and Republican groups outspent Democratic and liberal groups by about 7-to-1 in the campaign, although Quist said he raised more than $6 million for his campaign - more than Gianforte's. The candidates are vying to replace Ryan Zinke, whom President Donald Trump selected to be Interior secretary.
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Jacobs captured audio of the encounter which began with Jacobs asking Gianforte about the congressional health care bill.
Witnesses, including a Fox News crew, said Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck and slammed him to the ground while yelling "Get the hell out of here!"
Quist did well Thursday in Democratic strongholds like Missoula, Helena, Bozeman and Butte - but he lost Great Falls, usually considered a Democratic city, and he lost big in Billings, which Democrats need to at least break even if they hope to win statewide.
Gianforte also apologized to a Fox News crew that was in the room with him and Jacobs at the time of their encounter. One of Greg's supporters shouted that they had forgiven him, but the congressmen-elect knew that there was one person he needed to apologize to personally. Republican Gianforte received only 67.9% of President Trump's November vote total. "I took an action that I can't take back and I'm not proud of what happened". More than half of voters in the Montana Special Election were from rural precincts. In Montana, according to CrimalDefenseLawyer.com, someone convicted of misdemeanor assault can be fined up to $500, receive a country jail sentence up to six months, or both. National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Rep. Steve Stivers said Gianforte was "totally out of character, but we all make mistakes".
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