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Trump-backed Rep. Madison Cawthorn concedes North Carolina GOP primary


Madison Cawthorn talks before an event for Donald Trump at The Farm at 95 in Selma on April 9, 2022.

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Rep. Madison Cawthorn was the scandal-prone freshman legislator backed former President Donald Trump. He conceded defeat during his Republican primary elections, Cawthorn’s spokesman said Tuesday night to reporters.

According to NBC News, Cawthorn called Senator Chuck Edwards and asked him to give up the race. U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) had endorsed Edwards.

NBC has not yet projected a winner for Cawthorn’s congressional district.

“Congratulations!” @ChuckEdwards4NC on securing the nomination tonight,” Cawthorn said in a tweet. “It is time for the NC-11 GOP rally behind the Republican ticket in order to defeat the Democrats nominee this November.”

North Carolina voters had on Tuesday already determined who would compete in this year’s crucial U.S. Senate elections: Rep. Ted Budd won the Republican Senate primary to replace retiring GOP Senator Richard Burr. NBC predicted.

Trump is backing Budd as well the powerful conservative group Club for Growth. In the general election, he will be facing off against Cheri Beesley, former chief justice North Carolina Supreme Court Court. NBC predicted that she would easily win the Democratic nomination.

One of the few contests in swing states will decide whether Democrats retain their 50-50 split in the Senate.

Cawthorn is one 13 U.S. House Members from North Carolina. Cawthorn, now 26 years of age, was the youngest congressman when he was elected to Congress in 2020. This safe Republican district is where Cawthorn’s seat was held previously by Mark Meadows (ex-Trump chief of staff).

However, the race for reelection of the first-term lawmaker became one the most watched primary races in the state thanks to A wide range of scandals and missteps that spurred harsh criticism — even from some Republicans.

Cawthorn is the center of controversy because it has been accused by other legislators of using illicit drugs. inviting him to orgiesDriving with a suspended license or bringing in a driver’s license loaded handgunat an airport, being questioned by ethics watchdogs for suspicions possible insider tradingrelated to meme cryptocurrency: calling Ukraine’s president an “thug”, amid Russian invasion and others.

Tillis came out against Cawthorn. Edwards, who is a leading Republican rival, was endorsed by Tillis. According to reports, a political action committee associated with Tillis spent over $300,000.00 on advertisements attacking Cawthorn. Tillis demanded a congressional investigation into Cawthorn’s ethics after watchdogs raised suspicions of insider trading.

Trump also defended Cawthorn during a weekend social media posting.

Trump said that Cawthorn had made “foolish errors” in recent times, and added: “Let’s try Madison again!”

Tillis answered NBC News’ question about Trump’s post and said, “Technically this is the sixth, or seventh, chance.”

Cawthorn was referred to by the senator as “he hasn’t learned from the mistake he’s made in the past year.”