Gianforte certified as victor of Montana US House race

Evrard Martin
Juin 16, 2017

Now that the election results have been finalized, Gianforte can officially take Montana's lone seat in the House.

Republican Greg Gianforte on Thursday was certified as the victor of Montana's special congressional election, allowing the Bozeman entrepreneur to be sworn into his first public office and as the state's only representative to the U.S. House.

Earlier Thursday, Secretary of State Corey Stapleton and a state canvassing board certified the results of the May 25 special election.

After the board finished their work, Gov. Steve Bullock and Secretary of State Corey Stapleton signed off on a certificate of election for Gianforte and sent it to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan's office. A spokesman said details were pending. Gianforte won the election with about half of all the ballots cast and defeated Democrat Rob Quist by 6 percentage points.

The final results showed 383,301 Montanans voted in the special election - a turnout of nearly 55 percent. A judge sentenced him to 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management counseling.

Greg Gianforte will be set to take his seat in the U.S. House once state canvassers certify the Republican as the victor of last month's special election.

"We had a little attention given to our state this year, and I think the clerks around the state and our office hit the ball out of the ballpark in terms of running a great election", Stapleton said.

Gianforte would arrive in Washington as the nation's capital reels from Wednesday's shooting that left a Republican House leader critically wounded and several others injured when a gunman, possibly with political motives, opened fire on a Virginia baseball field where several GOP lawmakers were practicing for a charity game.

Unofficial results showed Gianforte prevailed over Democrat Rob Quist by 6 percentage points after a nationally watched campaign that was the state's most expensive congressional race.

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