Incumbent GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn lost his primary race last night to businessman and former state senator Chuck Edwards in North Carolina’s 11th congressional district:
Decision Desk HQ projects Chuck Edwards (@ChuckEdwards4NC) is the winner of the Republican nomination for U.S. House District 11 in North Carolina, unseating incumbent Madison Cawthorn.
Race call: 10:01pm EDT
More results here: https://t.co/h9iDUGjLkK
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) May 18, 2022
Rep. Cawthorn conceded the race last night:
BREAKING: U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn concedes North Carolina GOP primary to state Sen. Chuck Edwards, spokesperson says. https://t.co/WuluP5CG3x
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 18, 2022
Cawthorn also called on the GOP to support Edwards in November:
“Congratulations to @ChuckEdwards4NC on securing the nomination tonight. It’s time for the NC-11 GOP to rally behind the Republican ticket to defeat the Democrats’ nominee this November.”
Congratulations to @ChuckEdwards4NC on securing the nomination tonight.
It’s time for the NC-11 GOP to rally behind the Republican ticket to defeat the Democrats’ nominee this November.
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) May 18, 2022
Former President Trump’s support couldn’t carry Cawthorn over the finish line:
Does this complicate the Trump kingmaker CW since he urged people to give Cawthorn a second chance just yesterday?
— Sam Stein (@samstein) May 18, 2022
But “Cawthorn is to blame for himself,” writes Carmine Sabia:
Mastriano win is a major win for former President Donald Trump.
Cawthorn is to blame for himself.
Prayers for Fetterman to have a quick recovery and congrats to him.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) May 18, 2022
As for Edwards, he’s promising to leave the social media to others if elected to Congress:
NEW AD: "They call it Instagram famous. They show us their workout, what they eat, & where they go. But while they post online, America falls apart. I'll take the fight to Congress and leave social media to the others." #NC11 #wncpol #ncpol pic.twitter.com/wSE6CvnIdK
— Chuck Edwards (@ChuckEdwards4NC) April 25, 2022
And he told supporters, “the people of the mountains were looking for someone to go to Washington D.C. that had a proven conservative track record of getting things done”:
In a Zoom call with reporters after Cawthorn's concession, Edwards said his win means that "the people of the mountains were looking for someone to go to Washington D.C. that had a proven conservative track record of getting things done." https://t.co/4GYMIB2Jyh
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 18, 2022