The first debate between Montana Senate hopeful Rep. Denny Rehberg (R.) and incumbent Jon Tester (D.) was marred by several instances of possible assault, NBC Montana reports:
After the debate, a handful of witnesses tell us they saw an altercation between Mrs. [Jan] Rehberg and an attendee, in which the attendee pushed Mrs. Rehberg. Rehberg’s campaign confirmed the incident and say the Rehbergs left immediately afterwards.
Dustin Hurst of Watchdog.org reports that local Democrat Rachel Vaughn, who had “openly and loudly called Rehberg a liar a few times” during the debate, screamed profanities at him and tried to slap his phone out of his hands as he asked her questions.
Montana Democrats may have reason to be feeling desperate. A Rasmussen poll taken in May 2012 has Rehberg leading Tester by double digits.