>> Montana voters choose who represents them in Congress after the body slam heard around the world. I'm Justin Mitchell in Helena, Montana where right behind me voters are deciding whether Democrat Rob Quist or Republican Greg Gianforte will take over the House seat vacated by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Now this race has become the center of a political firestorm in the last 24 hours, after Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault for body-slamming a reporter at a campaign event in Bozeman.>> I'm sick and tired of you guys! The last guy that came in here, you did the same thing.
Get the hell out of here Jesus.>> That event has dropped like a bomb into the middle of the American political scene. Having repercussions from Montana to Washington, and seemingly everywhere in between. House speaker Paul Ryan, Gianforte's potential future boss, making it clear that behavior won't fly on Capitol Hill.
>> There's no time where a physical altercation should occur, with the press or just between human beings.>> But back in Montana Gianforte's supporters don't seem to be convinced the incident actually happened.>> It's all just propoganda, you know what I mean? It's hard for me to believe anything the media tells me.
>> Quist's supporters meanwhile stated Gianforte's behavior shows the he should not be in Congress.>> I hope it kind of showcases kind of what's at stake in terms of mentality and temperament for an elected leader.>> Gianforte has led Quist for most of the race in red leaning Montana, where President Trump won by twenty percentage points last year.
But with polls closing at 10PM Eastern, Montana Democrats are closer than they've been in years to having a seat in the US Congress.