The Associated Press called it after 522 of 681 precincts – or 77% – reported. At that point Gianforte had 163, 539 votes, or 51% of the vote, compared with challenger Rob Quist’s 140,594 votes, or 44%.
After emerging from a blue curtain to greet a cheering crowd, Gianforte apologized for his actions on Wednesday, talking past the laughter of the crowd to say, “Last night, I made a mistake and I took an action that I can’t take back, and I’m not proud of what happened. I should not have responded the way that I did and for that I’m sorry.”
A member of the crowd shouted: “And you’re forgiven.”
Gianforte continued: “I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that I’m sorry, Mr Ben Jacobs.”
The congressman-elect went on to run through his campaign themes, promising to work with the Trump administration and “drain the swamp”. “It just seems when people go to Washington DC they just drink the water and slither into the swamp,” he said, before announcing that he would continue to live in Montana and commute to the capitol. “Montana sent a strong message tonight that we want a congressman who will work with President Trump to make Montana and America great again,” he said…
Read more : The Guardian, 26.05.2017