Police investigating reporter's allegations of assault by Montana GOP candidate

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Ben Jacobs of The Guardian tweeted, "Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses". He added: "Get the hell out of here".

"I remember talking to people when it first started who said this was a slam dunk, Gianforte's it".

The reporter kept pressing him and Gianforte insisted he speak with his aide. "I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the man, as he moved on top the reporter and began yelling something to the effect of 'I'm sick and exhausted of this!'" a Fox News reporter wrote in the story.

Fox News reporter Alicia Alcuna, field producer Faith Mangan and photographer Keith Railey said they witnessed the incident.

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office said it was conducting an ongoing investigation into "allegations of an assault involving Greg Gianforte", but didn't provide further details. The spot includes the audio recording made by reporter Ben Jacobs as Gianforte allegedly slammed him to the ground.

The flow of big money in the race portended an epic battle at the ballot box - as Republican groups poured cash into the state to help Greg Gianforte retain the state's only U.S House seat for his party and as Democrat Rob Quist rallied progressives attempting to push back against last fall's GOP tide. "Jacobs grabbed Greg's wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground", Scanlon said.

However, Issenberg said the special elections in Montana, Georgia and other states allow activists around the country to focus their efforts on relatively few elections and link supply with activist demand, he said. But we wouldn't be surprised if Gianforte were a little on edge tonight because he knows he's going to lose, because nobody likes him; if we go by the vaunted Peggy Noonan yard sign metric, Quist should receive about 90 percent of the vote.

Recent polls suggest Quist has cut Gianforte's lead to single digits, giving Montana Democrats hope of capturing a seat they haven't held in decades.

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Jacobs: He just body-slammed me.

This irritated Mr. Gianforte, who said he would talk about it later.

There are plenty of parochial issues, including land access and state taxes, framing the race between Republican Greg Gianforte, a billionaire former technology executive who frames himself as an outsider businessman similar to President Donald Trump, and Democrat Rob Quist, a folk musician and political novice.

She said "the last thing we need is one more guy who flies off the handle".

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced the spots late Wednesday.

The Republican told supporters on Tuesday that he is eager "to work with Donald Trump to drain the swamp and make America great again", referencing two of the president's campaign slogans. But airtime has always been relatively cheap in Montana, so many voters say they're accustomed to the barrage of attack ads. Gianforte then "began punching the man, as he moved on top of the reporter", Acuna said. In response, Gianforte said: "It seems like there is more of us than there is of him".

"I'm glad it was only for 85 days, because it won't go on forever", Power said.

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