24-year-old beats Trump-backed candidate in NC GOP primary 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…

But Cawthorn emphasized that he’s a strong Trump supporter and stressed that he wouldn’t be beholden to anyone in the nation’s capital if won election to Congress. He won the backing of a slate of local officials and also received some support from a super PAC that backs candidates allied with Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

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