Cawthorn concedes in the North Carolina House of Representatives Republican primary

(The Hill) – Rep. Madison Cawthorn (RN.C.) has conceded to her main rival, State Sen. Chuck Edwards, marking the end of a brief but controversial term in the House that earned her criticism on both sides of the House. corridor. .

Cawthorn’s campaign confirmed that the legislator had conceded to Edwards. The Associated Press has yet to announce the race.

Heading into Tuesday’s primary, Cawthorn faced a packed field of Republican challengers, though he remained the favorite to win the nomination in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District.

But the many controversies and missteps that plagued Cawthorn’s re-election bid seemed to catch up with him.

Cawthorn attracted a handful of Republican challengers last year after he said he would switch districts to run for a seat closer to Charlotte. However, he returned to his old district after state courts struck down the new North Carolina House map.

Since then, Cawthorn’s political difficulties continued to mount.

He angered many of his fellow House Republicans earlier this year after he suggested in a podcast interview that his colleagues were attending orgies and snorting cocaine. He has also been the subject of a series of lewd revelations, including a leaked nude video that he dismissed as “blackmail.”

In two separate incidents this year, he was cited for driving on a suspended license and attempting to smuggle a weapon through an airport security checkpoint. And he made headlines for calling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug.”

Cawthorn tried to present the revelations and attacks as an effort by the so-called Washington establishment to oust him.

But Cawthorn also made powerful enemies within his home state. Top Republicans in the state General Assembly backed Edwards, as did Sen. Thom Tillis (RN.C.).

Outgoing Sen. Richard Burr (RN.C.) called him an “embarrassment” during a March appearance on CNN.

Cawthorn, however, maintained the endorsement of former President Trump, who endorsed him last year and doubled down on his support ahead of the primary, saying the first-term congressman made some “dumb mistakes” but deserved a “second chance.”

That endorsement, however, wasn’t enough to save him from losing Tuesday.

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