On Tuesday, Rep. Madison Cawthorn lost the Republican primary for his House seat in North Carolina.
The 26-year-old Trump-supporting Congressman was beaten by North Carolina state Sen. Chuck Edwards in Tuesday’s Republican primary contest to represent the solid-red 11th Congressional District.
Cawthorn’s campaign said he conceded the race to Edwards, who rose to the top of a packed Republican primary and secured endorsements from North Carolina’s most powerful Republicans, including Sen. Thom Tillis.
Cawthorn lost to Edwards by a narrow margin with 33.5% of the vote over Cawthorn’s 31.6%, with about 99% of the votes tallied.
Cawthorn has caused outrage within his own party for claiming colleagues in Washington, D.C. have invited him to orgies and took cocaine in front of him, as well as calling Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug” soon after the Russian invasion.
In a statement on Truth Social, Trump said Cawthorn has made some “foolish mistakes” while urging voters to back him for the Republican nomination in North Carolina’s 11th congressional district.
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Madison Cawthorn affirms Washington DC is like the movie House of Cards and said people that he’s looked up his whole life who are now in their 60’s or 70’s have invited him to an orgy at their home and others have done cocaine in front of him. pic.twitter.com/iJnWMJ9PIR
— PatriotTakes (@patriottakes) March 27, 2022
Many Republican operatives in North Carolina believe Edwards has the best chance of defeating Cawthorn or at least forcing him into a runoff that would allow GOP factions opposed to the congressman to coalesce behind one candidate.
On the eve of early voting, the Edwards campaign is expressing confidence that support for Cawthorn is slipping, with the only lingering doubt revolving around whether enough money can be raised to prosecute the case against him properly.