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Congressman-Elect Gianforte Files For Re-Election In 2018

Republican Greg Gianforte won Montana’s special election May 25, 2017.
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Republican Greg Gianforte won Montana’s special election May 25, 2017.";

Montana’s congressman-elect Greg Gianforte has not yet been sworn in, but has filed for re-election in 2018. Republican Greg Gianforte won Montana’s special election May 25. On Friday, he filed re-election paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, saying he intends to run again for the U.S. House in 2018.

Gianforte won just more than 50 percent of Montana’s vote, beating Democrat Rob Quistby 6 points. Election results are expected to be officially certified June 15.

Gianforte is expected to be sworn into his position in congress later this month. Before then, he is due in Gallatin County Justice Court to face a charge of misdemeanor assault, for allegedly throwing a Guardian newspaper reporter to the ground one day before polls opened.

Wednesday is the deadline for Gianforte to appear in court. He has declined to do so on four other opportunities. However, the Gallatin County attorney says Gianforte’s attorney could file a motion to extend the deadline.

Greg Gianforte has declined interview requests from Montana Public Radio since the election.

Corin Cates-Carney manages MTPR’s daily and long-term news projects. After spending more than five years living and reporting across Western and Central Montana, he became news director in early 2020.
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