Republican candidate charged with assault, roiling Trump's Montana test

Republican candidate charged with assault, roiling Trump's Montana testBy Justin Mitchell MISSOULA, Mont. (Reuters) – A Montana Republican running for the U.S. Congress has been charged with assaulting a reporter hours before polls were to open on Thursday for a special election that could test U.S. President Donald Trump’s political clout. It was not clear what effect the assault charge against Republican technology executive Greg Gianforte would have on the Montana race, where 37 percent of the 699,207 registered voters had already submitted absentee ballots, according to state election officials. Ben Jacobs was trying to ask Gianforte about healthcare, according to an audio tape captured by the British newspaper’s correspondent.



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