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Gubernatorial debate recap

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Latest on Saturday night's Montana gubernatorial debate between Gov. Steve Bullock and Republican challenger Greg Gianforte according to the Associated Press:         

Montana Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte says he'll continue to support his party's presidential candidate despite Donald Trump's crude comments about women.         

Gianforte said during the debate, he was offended by the comments contained in a 2005 video obtained by The Washington Post.           

But the Bozeman businessman making his first run for public office said he will reluctantly continue to support Trump in order to prevent Democrat Hillary Clinton from being elected.

Gianforte's opponent, Gov. Steve Bullock, said Trump's comments would be inappropriate if they came from a dog catcher, let alone a presidential candidate.         

Nationwide more than a dozen Republicans; senators, congressmen and sitting governors; announced Saturday they would not vote for Trump.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte painted Gov. Steve Bullock as a career politician willing to manipulate the truth to stay in office as the candidates faced off in their final scheduled debate.           

Gianforte reacted angrily Saturday night when Bullock accused the Bozeman high tech entrepreneur of outsourcing jobs to other countries through his former company, RightNow Technologies. Gianforte said the firm created hundreds of jobs.          

Bullock for his part offered a forceful defense of his first term during the televised debate in Great Falls.           

The Democrat touted the state's economic gains under his watch and cast his opponent as a threat to public education and public access to streams.           

There's just one month to go until the Nov. 8 election. After months of attacks by their surrogates, Saturday's event offered a last chance for the candidates to face off in person before early voting begins.

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