Friday, May 26, 2017

Greg Gianforte wins Montana US House seat despite criminal charge

From the FiveThirtyEight Significant Digits email Friday morning:

7 points
Republican candidate Greg Gianforte, who allegedly body-slammed a reporter for asking about the GOP health care repeal plan on Wednesday, won his election in Montana by about seven points and will now be Rep. Greg Gianforte, who allegedly body-slammed a reporter for asking about the GOP health care repeal plan. [FiveThirtyEight]

That would be the same Gianforte charged with a crime, namely misdemeanor assault. Check out my post. Yesterday (Thursday), Montana GOP candidate for US House charged with assault on reporter.

The Montana election should not be regarded as an indicator of much of anything. All this, including retraction of endorsements by the major Montana newspapers, happened at the last minute, literally on the eve of the election when most early ballots were already cast. More telling will be what happens to Gianforte in the 2018 election.

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