As Montana shows that it's just not ready to send a democrat to Washington for the first time in 20 years.>> Gianforte headed to Washington despite his much publicized run in with Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs the day before. The audio of which went viral and featured Gianforte lashing out.
>> You, get the hell out of here.>> That made for a tense night for supporters. But in the end, their candidate won and apologized to Jacobs. And I'm not proud of what happened. I should not have responded in the way that I did. And for that, I'm sorry.
>> Gianforte will join the House Republicans just as they are grappling with a CBO report saying their bill repealing and replacing Obamacare would leave 23 million Americans without healthcare in ten years. Which was what Jacobs was asking about when Gianforte attacked him. For the Democrats, it's another disappointing outcome on a special election they'd hoped to make a referendum on President Trump's performance.
Leaving John Ossoff's run in Georgia next month as their last chance to make a statement before the 2018 midterms.>> Although Gianforte is the victor tonight, he faces a looming court date for his assault charge and the possibility of other charges being filed in the future, meaning his victory could be short-lived.
But for now, he's willing to put all that aside.>>