Republican North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn conceded defeat in Tuesday’s Republican primary after state Sen. Chuck Edwards beat him in Tuesday’s race.
Edwards narrowly defeated Cawthorn by 2% percentage points — earning 33.5% while the incumbent representative attained 31.7% of the vote.
Cawthorn left his campaign headquarters in Hendersonville and contacted Edwards to concede the race, his press secretary Luke Ball said.
Cawthorn had faced a tight challenge after Edwards had been endorsed by Republican North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, along with running alongside several other challengers in the 11th district, The Hill reported. The race consisted of challengers Rod Honeycutt, Michele Woodhouse, Matthew Burril, Wendy Nevarez, Bruce O’Connell and Kristie Sluder.
A GOPAC poll found that the 26-year-old one-term congressman’s overall support dropped from 49% to 38% over the past month, though he still remained in the lead. Edwards’ support rose from 14% to 21% in that same period. If the two top candidates did not meet the 30% threshold, they would face a runoff election in July. Cawthorn had maintained to remain above the 30% runoff threshold, with 31% of voters holding a “very favorable” view of the representative.