U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn concedes North Carolina GOP primary

Madison Cawthorn faces a tough bid for reelection in North Carolina's 11th Congressional District.
Published: May. 17, 2022 at 9:51 PM EDT|Updated: May. 17, 2022 at 10:45 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- First-term U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn has conceded to North Carolina state Sen. Chuck Edwards in the Republican congressional primary.

Luke Ball, a spokesperson for Cawthorn’s campaign, told The Associated Press late Tuesday that Cawthorn had conceded the race.

A fast-food franchise owner, Edwards now advances to the November election against Democrat Jasmine Beach-Ferrara.

Chuck Edwards, candidate for U.S. House District 11 (NC-R)
Chuck Edwards, candidate for U.S. House District 11 (NC-R)(Provided by campaign)

The first-term congressman and pro-Donald Trump firebrand trailed state Sen. Chuck Edwards slightly with most of the votes counted.

Several GOP leaders have turned away from the 26-year-old congressman, with some citing a series of unforced errors.

He called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy a “thug.” Cawthorn also infuriated fellow Republicans in Congress when he alleged on a podcast that he had been invited to an orgy in Washington.

Edwards received an endorsement from U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis.

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