US Republican candidate wins Montana House seat

US Republican candidate Greg Gianforte has won the special election for Montana’s House seat a day after being charged with assaulting a reporter.

Gianforte won the election by 50 percent against his democratic rival Rob Quist, who managed to garner 43 percent of the votes.

The multi-millionaire technology entrepreneur is an enthusiastic supporter of US President Donald Trump. His alignment with the White House was a clear strategy to win over his rival.

The race is seen as a test of Trump’s political clout ahead of next year’s congressional elections.

Gianforte has been charged with misdemeanor assault and could face additional, more serious charges once prosecutors review the evidence.

The incident occurred when Ben Jacobs, a Gaurdian reporter tried to ask Gianforte about healthcare. The candidate grabbed the reporter by the neck with both hands and slammed him to the ground.

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