Was Montana's wild House race a Trump test? Not so much

The Associated Press has called the Montana U.S. special election for Greg Gianforte.

The seat - which has not been held by a Democrat since 1997 - had most recently been held by Republican Ryan Zinke, whom Mr Trump appointed as interior secretary. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle refused to endorse either candidate.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and MoveOn.org used the Wednesday night incident, involving reporter Ben Jacobs of the Guardian of London, in online and radio ads to spur last-minute voter registration and turnout.

Gianforte was expected to address supporters at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman Thursday night, possibly after the race was called in his favor. That's the Montana way. He apologized in his victory speech late Thursday to reporter Ben Jacobs, and to his supporters. For that I'm sorry. "I shouldn't have treated that reporter that way, and for that, I'm sorry, Mr". Scarborough said, adding that people are "clueless" if they think "the thuggish behavior from the president of the United States does not have an impact on people who are trying to emulate him". "Last night I made a mistake". Jacobs, a reporter from The Guardian, was grilling Gianforte about the Republican health care bill.

"Last night I made a mistake, I took an action that I can't take back".

But the incident came after an estimated two-thirds had already cast their ballots by mail - and none were allowed to change their votes after news of the confrontation broke. In the recording, Gianforte can be heard saying that he was "sick and exhausted of you guys".When Jacobs says there won't be time, Gianforte says "Just-" and there is a crashing sound.A campaign statement read in part, "After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined".

New York Magazine cited sources close to KECI's news director, Julie Weindel, who told NBC News, "The person that tweeted [Jacobs] and was allegedly body slammed is a reporter for a politically biased publication".

He is running for the state's only congressional seat in a special election set for Thursday.

Three of the biggest newspapers in Montana were quick to rescind their endorsements of Gianforte, and Montana's Democratic Governor Steve Bullock called Gianforte's actions "unsettling on many levels". Quist raised more than $6 million to fund his campaign, include $1 million in the last week of the campaign alone. He attacked Gianforte as a transplant from New Jersey _ Gianforte moved to the state in the 1990s - which was a potent issue during the gubernatorial race but not enough to get Quist across the finish line. Why did he allegedly assault a journalist in the first place?