Rep. Madison Cawthorn lost his first re-election bid on Tuesday after serving in Congress for less than two years and racking up a litany of scandals that turned longtime members of his own party against him.
It’s a big upset for former President Donald Trump, who reasserted his support for Cawthorn in the early hours of Monday morning and implored voters to give him a ‘second chance.’
The young lawmaker conceded the Republican primary election for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional district to state Senator Chuck Edwards after a painstakingly close race.
‘I received a call from Congressman Cawthorn just a few of minutes ago. Just as I expected, he presented himself in a very classy and humble way and offered his support to our campaign in absolutely anyway that we can use him,’ Edwards told reporters according to CNN.
Edwards had been backed by Senator Thom Tillis, a fellow member of North Carolina’s Congressional delegation who has become one of Cawthorn’s most vocal critics.
Edwards released a statement on Tuesday night declaring his victory to be ‘incredible.’
‘Against all odds, we fought hard to win this election and provide clear conservative leadership for the mountains. I am so grateful for the support I received and am forever indebted to the hardworking people of this district who made this victory possible,’ Edwards said.
Cawthorn whittled the local lawmaker’s lead down to single digits after initially falling behind Edwards by more than 10 points However he ultimately failed to catch up.
The 26-year-old Republican’s re-election bid was widely seen as one of the most critical tests of Trump’s endorsement strength. Supporters of Cawthorn and the former president hoped Trump’s backing could push him over the line despite a litany of recent public relations crises.
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Source: Daily Mail