Democrats are running last-minute ads in Montana featuring a GOP candidate 'body-slamming' a reporter

Montana Republican Greg Gianforte allegedly body-slammed a reporter the night before a special election, and Democrats are hoping to capitalize on the incident when voters head to the polls on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs attempted to ask Gianforte about the Congressional Budget Office's report saying that the Republican healthcare plan that passed the House of Representatives would leave 23 million Americans uninsured.

In a move witnessed by Fox News and captured in audio by Jacobs, Gianforte reportedly grabbed Jacobs and slammed him to the ground, breaking his glasses.

Reaction to accusation that Greg Gianforte body slammed reporter Ben Jacobs

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. @Bencjacobs covered the Baltimore riots and the melee at the Chicago Trump rally but got assaulted calmly asking a budget question
Let's all take a moment to appreciate that directly after being assaulted @Bencjacobs began diligently reporting on his own assault.
Whoa. The audio of Gianforte and @Bencjacobs. https://t.co/OioGWXQUIv
"Aggressive behavior" from @Bencjacobs? The audio directly contradicts what Gianforte claims happened in this state… https://t.co/yjOpvAkFSK
Of note: Ben Jacobs broke last month that Gianforte has financial ties to US-sanctioned Russian companies. https://t.co/FeAmiMg9pY
I don't know @Bencjacobs but my colleagues say he is mild mannered not aggressive and the audio tape tells the tale. #Gianforte in trouble
I hope Ben Jacobs presses charges against Gianforte.
@Bencjacobs is a great reporter and he's about 100 pounds soaking wet. Just for context when a candidate suggests Ben was "aggressive."
Hey, @GregForMontana - you do know there's a tape of you attacking @Bencjacobs. Now you're lying about it… https://t.co/oWie24F2GQ
Journalists should be able to ask questions w/o worrying about violence. #obvioustweets #butnotobvioustweetsin2017 https://t.co/95ojZbUsfF
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"I'm sick and tired of you guys," Gianforte is heard saying on the audio recording. "The last time you came here you did the same thing. Get the hell out of here!"

Democratic groups like Priorities USA, Move On, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee quickly blasted out rapid-response digital ads highlighting the incident.

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It's unclear whether the incident will seriously affect the election for the House of Representatives seat vacated earlier this year by current Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. It's possible that two-thirds of Montana voters have already cast their ballots in early voting, according to 538. And recent polls have showed the GOP candidate leading by as little as five points and as much as 14 points.

The Montana contest has become the focus of national attention as Democratic enthusiasm has made traditionally safe red districts competitive. Gianforte himself admitted earlier this week that the race is "closer than it should be."

Democratic challenger Rob Quist has raised $6 million for the race, a massive haul for an off-year special election in a state President Donald Trump won in November by 20 points.

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