North Carolina Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn conceded defeat in Tuesday’s Republican primary after State Senator Chuck Edwards beat her in Tuesday’s race.
Edwards narrowly beat Cawthorn by 2% percentage points – earning 33.5% while the incumbent rep got 31.7% of the vote. Cawthorn left his campaign headquarters in Hendersonville and contacted Edwards to concede the race, his publicist Luke Ball said.
Cawthorn had faced a close challenge after Edwards was endorsed by Republican North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, in addition to running alongside several other challengers in the 11th District, The Hill reported. The race consisted of challengers Rod Honeycutt, Michele Woodhouse, Matthew Burril, Wendy Nevarez, Bruce O’Connell and Kristie Sluder.
A GOPAC poll found that the 26-year-old MP’s overall support for one term has dropped from 49% to 38% in the past month, although he is still in the lead. Edwards’ support rose from 14% to 21% over the same period. If the top two candidates do not reach the 30% threshold, they will face a second round in July. Cawthorn had maintained his hold above the 30% runoff threshold, with 31% of voters holding a “very favorable” opinion of the representative.
Cawthorn faced backlash over the past month after Politico obtained old photographs of the representative wearing lingerie on the Royal Caribbean’s Quest game show before he sat in Congress. The rep responded to the photos, saying the critics “ran out of things to throw at him.”
“I guess the left thinks goofy vacation photos at a cruise game (taken long before I run for Congress) are going to hurt me,” Cawthorn said. “They’re running out of things to throw at me… Share your most embarrassing vacation photos in the replies.” »
He was also reportedly cited for having a 9mm handgun in his luggage at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in late April. Authorities issued a citation for possession of a dangerous weapon on city property.
Tillis also called on the House Ethics Committee to investigate Cawthorn over his alleged involvement in insider trading related to his Let’s Go Brandon cryptocurrency, The Hill reported.
The 26-year-old alleged that DC political leaders invited him to have an orgy and snort cocaine during a PatriotTakes podcast in March. A furious House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, said Cawthorn “didn’t tell the truth” about the allegations.
“This is unacceptable,” he said, according to The Washington Post. “There is no evidence for this. »
Former President Donald Trump supported Cawthorn said on Sunday night he deserved a second chance after making “stupid mistakes”. (RELATED: North Carolina Board of Elections says it has ability to bar Madison Cawthorn from being elected)
“At 18, Congresswoman Madison Cawthorn from the great state of North Carolina, now 26, went through a life-altering event that fortunately few will have to endure,” said Trump via Truth. Social. “Within seconds, he lost the use of the lower half of his body, a traumatic experience to say the least. When Madison was first elected to Congress, he did a great job. He’s made some stupid mistakes lately that I don’t think he’ll ever make again…let’s give Madison a second chance!
District Court Chief Judge Richard Myers blocked an effort by Free Speech for People to exclude Cawthorn from the ballot after he alleged the Fourteenth Amendment disqualified him for apparently helping to “facilitate the 6 January 2021 » beginning of March. The judge argued that the North Carolina Election Commission could not pass judgment on Cawthorn’s alleged role in the Jan. 6 riot.