( Daily Mail ) Republican candidate Greg Gianforte used his victory speech after winning the Montana special election on Thursday to apologize for body-slamming a Guardian journalist the day before.
Within minutes of being declared the winner, Gianforte appeared on stage at his campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana, with his wife Susan.
Between chants of ‘drain the swamp’ from his gathered supporters, he found a moment to apologize to reporter Ben Jacobs who he ‘body-slammed’ the previous day.
‘Last night, I made a mistake and I took an action that I can’t take back and I’m not proud of what happened.
‘I should not have responded in the way that I did…I should not have treated that reporter that way and for that I am sorry, Mr Ben Jacobs,’ he said.
It was a marked change from the campaign statement he issued on Wednesday which blamed the scuffle on ‘liberal journalist’ Jacobs and came after calls from House Speaker Paul Ryan who implored him to apologize.
Gianforte won the election with 50.4 percent of the vote over his Democrat opponent Rob Quist’s 43.9.
Paris (AFP) – A third of French voters declined to choose between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s presidential election, either abstaining or spoiling their ballots — a record rate in nearly half a century.
According to official results with more than 80 percent of votes counted, the abstention rate stood at 24.52 percent — the highest since the presidential election in 1969.
In addition, the interior ministry reported a record number of blank and invalid ballots, accounting for nine percent of all registered voters, compared to two percent in the first round.
“That would make a total of one French person out of three who decided not to choose between the two candidates. It’s really a lot for a presidential election,” Anne Jadot, political science professor at the University of Lorraine, told AFP.
Macron claimed a thumping victory Sunday with some 65 percent of the vote, but it was the first time since the 1969 election that participation in the second round has been lower than in the first, which saw him and Le Pen go through to the run-off as the highest-scoring candidates.
“The presence of the far-right in the second round did not prompt a lot of mobilisation compared to the first round, in contrast to what happened in 2002,” Jadot said in reference to the election where Le Pen’s father Jean-Marie saw voters of all stripes mobilise to block him by backing his opponent, conservative Jacques Chirac.
That election saw a dip in the abstention rate to 20.3 percent.
But this year, “there wasn’t the ‘shock’ effect, because (Marine Le Pen’s) presence was expected,” Jadot said.
Casting a blank ballot — traditionally used by disgruntled French voters as a protest vote — usually increases in the second round.
But this year it went as far as to quadruple, thanks in part to an unprecedented situation of neither the two mainstream left-leaning or right-leaning parties making it to the run-off.
- Hillary Clinton: I would have won were it not for James Comey and Wikileaks
According to Hillary Clinton, she would have won if not for Wikileaks expose, FBI James Comey investigation and if only the election was held on October 27.
( Breitbart ) Several voting machines were stolen in Georgia as the state gears up for a hotly contested special election to replace a Republican who left Congress to take a job in the Trump administration, reports say.
The devices were taken on Monday from a Cobb County precinct manager’s vehicle, according to Channel 2 Acton News.
In a public statement, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said, “It is unacceptable that the Cobb County Elections Office waited two days to notify my office of this theft.”
“We have opened an investigation, and we are taking steps to ensure that it has no effect on the election tomorrow. I am confident that the results will not be compromised,” Kemp added.
Cobb County’s elections director, Janine Eveler, insisted that the information on the machines is “hard to access” and says she does not think the thieves will be able to interfere in the election.
The election has been called to fill the House seat vacated by Rep. Tom Price, who left Congress to become President Trump’s secretary of Health and Human Services.
Wikileaks released new email showing Clinton campaign believes Obama commit voter fraud during 2008 primary with Hillary Clinton. The email chain from May of 2015 claims that Obama’s presidential campaign “flooded the caucuses with ineligible voters” during the 2008 primaries. The email also ask support for Clinton supporter lawyers, James Lyons and Michael Driver, to organize lawyers for “caucus protection” to prevent the same vote fraud during the 2016 race.
“I met with Jim and Mike in Denver. They are both old friends of the Clintons and have lots of experience,” Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta wrote to Marlon Marshall, and aid to Hillary. “They are reliving the 08 caucuses where they believe the Obama forces flooded the caucuses with ineligible voters. They want to organize lawyers for caucus protection, election protection and to raise hard $.”
AILING HILLARY CLINTON SPENDS MORE TIME NAPPING THAN CAMPAIGNING – AND HER 24/7 MEDICAL TEAM BECOME MORE IMPORTANT THAN SECRET SERVICE! THIS IS THE MOST ABSURD ELECTION EVER!
Hey, Hillary Clinton has spent more time taking a nap than campaigning. Who does that? Who would have ever thought America is going to allow a presidential candidate to continue to run when obviously she’s very, very sick that she has to have a medical team 24/7 , already had a seizure in front of reporters, had a ‘freeze’ episode at Las Vegas rally, can’t climb few set of stairs without help, has alleged leaked medical record from her Dr. Lisa Bardack claiming she was diagnosed with seizures and dementia and who personally admitted couldn’t get up after DNC convention because of exhaustion.
I believe the liberal media will continue to ignore her ailing health because they are so scared, so afraid of people finding out about this. The liberal media would rather fight her battles on emails, Benghazi and other scandals that most Americans don’t even know or don’t understand why it’s a big deal. But if her health is the focus, even a little child knows Hillary should not become president.
I even wonder if they brief her daily with FAKE polls in order to spare her health from getting worse. The last thing the DNC need is a short circuit episode the magnitude of an earthquake that they have to take her to a hospital and announce she’s not running anymore or even worse.. This woman is a pathetic joke. She needs to be reminded in case she forgets that the White House is not a nursing home for a sick, greedy, crooked, lying old politician like her. This election is absurd!
TRUMP WILL WIN ELECTION REVEALS APP CALLED ZIP: BASED ON DAILY TALK AND POLL WITH 100,000 PEOPLE ZIP SHOWS TRUMP IS AHEAD EVEN IN CALIFORNIA…THIS IS THE FUTURE
If you leave it to traditional pollsters, the constant chatter is that MIA-due-to-bad-health Hillary Clinton is winning while huge-crowd drawer Donald Trump is losing. But people have a nagging feeling the polls are wrong and being faked for whatever reason ( maybe to prop up Hillary’s health by showing her fake daily reports of her ‘lead’? ). We talked to many – like MANY – strangers from all ages and backgrounds and so far only three people have said they are going to vote for Clinton and they said with hardly any enthusiasm.
But now this smartphone app called Zip, founded in February by CEO Ric Militi, is showing a different story. Militi says, “Based on the stats we see, he looks strong..I go with Trump, based on what we see.” Below is a sample of the contrast between their poll result and the traditional pollsters.
— ”California, who you voting for?” Trump got 55%, compared to 45% for Clinton. In the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll, Clinton has a 16-point advantage over Trump, 46% to 30%.
The maker of the Zip question and answer app also says, “These are the same results we saw when he (Trump) was in the primaries”. He believes that most media polls are just flat-out wrong and that smartphone answers are the future.
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