Trump-backed Republican Madison Catherine acknowledges North Carolina GOP primary

Representative Madison Catherine speaks before a rally for former U.S. President Donald Trump at The Farm on April 95, 2022 in Selma, North Carolina.

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Republican Madison Catherine, a scandal-prone new lawmaker backed by former President Donald Trump, has conceded defeat in his Republican primary, a spokesman for Catherine told reporters Tuesday night.

Catherine State Sen called Chuck Edwards to agree to the run, the spokesman said, according to NBC News. Edwards to US Sen. Thom Tillis, R.N.C.

NBC has yet to project a winner in Catherine’s congressional district.

Voters in North Carolina have already decided on Tuesday who will run in this year’s critical U.S. Senate race: Republican Ted Bud will win the Republican Senate primary, retiring GOP Sen. Richard Barr, NBC estimates.

Budke has the support of both Trump and the influential conservative group Club for Growth. He will run in the general election against former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cherry Beasley, who NBC predicted would easily win the Democratic nomination.

The swing-state contest is one of a handful that will determine whether Democrats split their majority in the Senate 50-50.

Cawthorn is one of 13 U.S. House members from North Carolina. Kathorn, now 26, was the youngest member of Congress to be elected in 2020. His seat, formerly held by Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows, is a safe Republican district.

Nonetheless, the re-election of the first-term legislator has become one of the state’s most-watched primary races, thanks to widespread scandals and missteps that have provoked harsh criticism – even from some Republicans.

The controversies surrounding Cawthorn include: other lawmakers claiming illegal drugs and inviting him to the organization; Driving with a revoked license; Bring a loaded handgun to an airport; Ethical surveillance for suspicions about possible internal transactions related to a meme cryptocurrency; Calling Ukraine’s president a “thug” during Russia’s aggression; And others.

Tillis swings out against Catherine. He backed Edwards, GOP primary’s top rival. A political action committee affiliated with Tillis has reportedly spent more than $ 300,000 on advertising to attack Catherine. And after observers raised concerns about potential internal transactions, Tillis openly called for a congressional ethics inquiry into the allegations.

Trump, meanwhile, defended Catherine in a social media post over the weekend.

“Recently, he made some stupid mistakes, which I don’t believe he will do again,” Trump said of Catherine, “Let’s give Madison a second chance!”

When asked by NBC News about Trump’s post, Tillis replied, “Technically, this is the sixth or seventh chance.”

“He has not learned from the mistakes he has made in the past year,” said Senator Catherine.

It’s developing news. Please look back for updates.

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