24-year-old Republican beats Trump-backed candidate in North Carolina primary race for Meadows seat

Madison Cawthorn, a 24-year-old real estate investment CEO, won a Republican primary runoff election Tuesday in western North Carolina in the race to fill the congressional seat of former Rep. Mark Meadows, who stepped down in March to become President Trump’s chief of staff.

And in winning the runoff contest, Cawthorn upset Lynda Bennett, who was endorsed earlier this month by the president.
Cawthorn’s win – which was called by the AP less than two hours after the polls closed — marks a rare victory over a candidate backed by Trump.


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