Montana is the holding of elections on Thursday for the state of the congress session. Here are some key points about what is going on.
Why is a special election being held?
Ryan Zinke left Montana seat in the House of Representatives vacated when he resigned to join President Donald Trump ‘ s cabinet. Zinke is currently the chairman and the secretary of the Department of Home affairs.
Who is running in the special election?
The vote will consist of three candidates: Republican Greg Gianforte, a Democrat, Rob Quist, and Libertarian Mark Wicks.
Both Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence recorded robocalls in support of Gianforte.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, a 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, has campaigned for Quist.
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What is the controversy about Gianforte?
Gianforte has been charged with felony assault, after he allegedly picked up Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian by the neck and threw him to the ground.
Gianforte ready for an interview with Fox News Wednesday, when Jacobs walked into the office. Jacobs pressed Gianforte about the GOP health care bill before they hit the ground, and struck, Fox News reporter Alicia Acuno wrote.
“To be clear, in each of us, who was a witness of this attack, see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression in the direction of Gianforte, which left the area after giving statements to the local police officers,” she said in her account.
What has the Gianforte campaign is said?
The Republican hopeful’s campaign has blamed Jacobs, says the reporter was “aggressive” and picked up Gianforte.
“After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs denied,” a campaign spokesman said in a statement. An audio recording of The Guardian of the incident not included Jacobs is asked for the lowering of the device.
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What about Jacobs’ take?
Jacobs claimed that he never touched Gianforte before he was thrown to the ground.
Jacobs did his job and asking a question of Gianforte as part of the coverage from Thursday’s special election, he said, “Good Morning America.
“The only thing that is factually correct is … is my name and the place of employment,” Jacobs said of Gianforte account.
What is the response?
Newspapers the Billings Gazette, the Independent Record and the Missoulian have rescinded their notes Gianforte.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has also called for Gianforte to withdraw his candidacy.
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What about Quist financial problems?
Quist, a cowboy poet and musician who allegedly has performed at a nudist resort, underreporting $57,000 in income when he filed by the federal government require financial disclosure statements in March.
His campaign filed a new disclosure statement with the U.S. House after The A. P. sought an explanation for the differences in his first disclosure of the document and in 2016 the income tax. Federal ethics law requires congressional candidates to submit a one-time processing of their personal finances.
The updated disclosure was routine, a Quist spokeswoman said. She claimed that He and his wife do not have a full accounting of their income when he completed his first report.
There are also the revelations that He defaulted on a $10,000 bank loan, not thousands of dollars to a contractor that he hired, and faced with three tax liens of more than $15,000 in unpaid back taxes.
The lien covered the 2007, 2011 and 2012, and be completed in May 2016. Quist has not shared tax returns for those years.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.