Rep. Madison Cawthorn (RN.C.) called state Sen. Chuck Edwards Tuesday night to concede defeat in the GOP primary for North Carolina’s heavily conservative 11th congressional district, according to multiple reports, citing Cawthorn Luke Ball—following a stretch of controversy during the campaign that left the freshman congressman out of favor with party leaders in Washington.

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The Associated Press still hadn’t projected a winner in the primary race as of 10:30 pm Eastern time, but Edwards leads Cawthorn 33.5% to 31.7% with more than 95% of the vote counted.

Former President Donald Trump endorsed Cawthorn and reaffirmed support for him on Monday, saying on Truth Social: “Recently, he made some foolish mistakes, which I don’t believe he’ll make again.”

Edwards largely avoided criticizing Trump during the campaign, but slammed Cawthorn’s conduct and blasted the congressman for riling up a crowd of Trump supporters at a rally on January 6, 2021, which went on to attack the US Capitol.

Much of Cawthorn’s support came from rural areas, while Edwards fared better in more populated parts of the district, winning Buncombe County, home of Asheville.


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