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The Wall Street Journal: Republican Greg Gianforte wins Montana special election despite assault charge

Republicans won a hotly contested House race in Montana on Thursday, holding on to a seat despite the GOP candidate facing an 11th-hour charge of assaulting a reporter.

Greg Gianforte, a tech entrepreneur and political novice, was declared the winner over Democrat Rob Quist by the Associated Press.

While Gianforte was favored from the outset, Republican groups showed far more urgency in investing in the race than did Democrats. The Quist and Gianforte campaigns raised similar amounts of money—helped by a $1.5 million loan from Gianforte to his campaign—but there was far more GOP spending by third-party groups. Of the $6.75 million in outside spending on the race, $5 million was to either boost Gianforte or attack Quist, according to an analysis of Federal Elections Commission data done by Michael Beckel of Issue One, a bipartisan organization dedicated to reducing the influence of money in politics.

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