Madison Cawthorn defeats Trump pick in race to succeed Meadows

Madison Cawthorn won the GOP runoff in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, making him the favorite to replace former Rep. Mark Meadows (R), who is now serving as White House chief of staff.

Cawthorn, a 24-year-old businessman, defeated Lynda Bennett, a real estate agent and local Republican activist who was backed by Meadows and President Trump. The Associated Press called the race for Cawthorn at 8:47 p.m. EDT.

While Cawthorn was running against a candidate backed by some of the heaviest hitters in the district, he was able to win over endorsements from a slate of local officials.

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