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BREAKING: Greg Gianforte wins Montana House seat one day after body-slamming reporter.. Mainstream Media Cries Russia... just as WWE Memes Explode on twitter!

About 24 hours after he was charged with misdemeanor assault, Republican Greg Gianforte was elected Thursday night to represent Montana in the House of Representatives.

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Vox.com reports:

Gianforte was projected to win the race at about midnight by Cook Political Report analyst Dave Wasserman and the Decision Desk. At the time of the call, his lead was roughly 10 percentage points. 
 Gianforte, 56, defeated Democrat Rob Quist in what once might have been considered an unexpectedly close special election for a House seat vacated by former Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), now President Trump’s interior secretary.
 Gianforte will take office even after he allegedly body-slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, who was sent to the hospital for an x-ray on his elbow at a campaign event on Wednesday night. 

Gianforte won’t be the only member of Congress facing criminal charges, but the 11th hour assault charge appears to be without precedent in modern American politics, according to two congressional scholars. 
 Due to early voting in the state, close to two-thirds of ballots had been cast before news of the Jacobs assault even emerged.
The story was widely covered in the Montana press, but it’s far from clear if it moved any votes.


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