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

A fast-food franchise owner, Chuck Edwards now advances to the November election against Democrat Jasmine Beach-Ferrara.
U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn conceded the North Carolina GOP primary to state Sen. Chuck Edwards, a spokesperson said.
Published: May. 17, 2022 at 10:02 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn conceded the North Carolina GOP primary to state Sen. Chuck Edwards, a spokesperson said.

Partial election results in Tuesday’s 11th District Republican primary showed the first-term congressman and pro-Donald Trump firebrand trailing state Edwards slightly.

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)

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.

Cawthorn vaulted to national prominence after winning the seat in 2020 at age 25.

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