The Republican candidate in a particular congressional election in Montana, Greg Gianforte, has been charged with misdemeanour assault over an altercation with a British reporter.
Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs tweeted that Mr Gianforte had “physique slammed” him, breaking his glasses.
The candidate’s marketing campaign mentioned Mr Jacobs had initiated the incident, grabbing Mr Gianforte’s wrist.
However different journalists mentioned they noticed him present no bodily aggression.
The incident befell on Wednesday, the eve of a particular election to fill a vacant seat within the Home of Representatives.