Apparently, even a candidate getting into a fight can’t slow down the momentum of the Republican Party.
Greg Gianforte, a Republican candidate facing a misdemeanor assault charge, is holding a comfortable lead in a special election to fill Montana‘s open seat in the House of Representatives.
With 57 percent of precincts reporting, Gianforte leads Democrat Rob Quist by more than 22,000 votes out of almost 270,000 ballots cast.
Approximately 33 percent of Montana’s eligible voters had cast absentee ballots before Gianforte’s confrontation with reporter Ben Jacobs from The Guardian.
The candidate reportedly body-slammed Jacobs, a who asked prying questions and grabbed the soon-to-be-House elect by the wrist.
Quist, the Democratic candidate and an accomplished folk singer, has been needled for having sang and played naked in a nudist colony during his career.