Gianforte won his Congressional election despite physically assaulting a reporter, and apparently his behavior was just fine with his supporters.
Democrats are trying to be encouraged by the fact that the race was closer than it should have been. Republicans are encouraged that tribal loyalty prevails, even in the face of this badly flawed candidate.
Sobering to me, more so every day, is that for 45% of the country — give or take — Trump’s bluster and bullying, his business conflicts and self-enrichment, his ignorance of world affairs, his policies that are a direct assault on the people who put him into office, are irrelevant. Something about his reality show con man act reaches those voters at a very basic level, and they are sticking with his version of what American democracy means no matter what.