Gianforte defeats Democrat for Montana's at-large congressional seat

Gianforte defeats Democrat for Montana's at-large congressional seat
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Rep. Greg GianforteGregory Richard GianforteJournalists seek federal, state support for right to inform the public Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo criticize Trump’s response to Coast Guard lieutenant's arrest Sarah Sanders: Trump hasn't ‘at any point’ done anything but ‘condemn violence against journalists' MORE (R) is projected to win reelection to represent Montana’s at-large congressional seat, defeating former Democratic state Rep. Kathleen Williams.

Gianforte was favored in polls heading into Election Day, while President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE praised the Montana Republican in multiple campaign trips to Big Sky Country.

“We endorsed Greg really early, but I heard that he had body slammed a reporter. And he was way up … and I said, ‘Oh, this is terrible, he’s going to lose the election.’ But then I said, ‘Well wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well, I think it might help him,’ and it did … He’s a great guy and a tough cookie,” Trump said at a campaign rally for the candidate last month. 

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Gianforte made headlines in 2017 when he assaulted a reporter the night before his special election victory.

He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of assault and was sentenced to a 180-day deferred jail sentence, 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management and a $300 fine, as well as an $85 court fee. Gianforte went on to win his election by 6 points.