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Gianforte wins Montana vote despite ‘body slam’ charge

Gianforte wins Montana vote despite 'body slam' charge

Gianforte wins Montana vote despite 'body slam' charge
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US Republican Greg Gianforte has won a special congressional election in Montana, just hours after he was charged with assaulting a reporter.

With about 75% of the vote counted, he is leading his Democratic rival Rob Quist by 50% to 44%.

Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs earlier said Mr Gianforte had "body slammed" him, breaking his glasses.

Mr Gianforte said Mr Jacobs had started the incident by grabbing his wrist. Mr Gianforte later apologised.

He said he "learned a lesson", the Associated Press news agency reports.

Other journalists said they saw the reporter show no physical aggression during Wednesday's incident.

It happened on the eve the election to fill a vacant seat in the House of Representatives.

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