Cawthorn Concedes Defeat in North Carolina
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Embattled Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) has conceded to state Sen. Chuck Edwards in the North Carolina Republican primary, marking the end of a brief but eventful congressional tenure.
Last month, Cawthorn had said he and other right-wing, first-term Congressmembers were the targets of a “coordinated drip campaign” by establishment Republicans.
Top North Carolina Republicans had endorsed Edwards, including Sen. Thom Tillis R-N.C.).
“Republicans chose Chuck Edwards tonight because he is the embodiment of Mountain values who will fight for them every single day in Congress with honor and integrity,” Tillis said.
Former President Donald Trump had endorsed Cawthorn, encouraging supporters to give him “a second chance.”
“When Madison was first elected to Congress, he did a great job,” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “Recently, he made some foolish mistakes, which I don’t believe he’ll make again…let’s give Madison a second chance!”
In an interview with CNN’s John Berman, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said Cawthorn’s loss is “good for the country.”
Kinzinger said Washington, D.C., “has become kind of a growing ground for people that are just more interested in fame than governing.”
Read more about the controversies surrounding Cawthorn here.