Rep. Madison Cawthorn ousted from office amid scandals and opposition from his own party

Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., called to concede his House GOP primary to state legislator Chuck Edwards Tuesday night as Edwards held a narrow lead with nearly all votes counted in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District.

Edwards said Cawthorn conceded in remarks to supporters at his election night party, according to Fox News Austin Westfall.

“This is simply incredible.  Against all odds, we fought hard to win this election and provide clear conservative leadership for the mountains.  I am so grateful for the support I received and am forever indebted to the hardworking people of this district who made this victory possible,” Edwards said in a statement.

“Now, we will harness this energy, come together as a party, and keep this seat in Republican hands in November,” Edwards added. “My campaign has been about staying true to mountain values and delivering real results for Western North Carolina, and that is exactly what I intend to do.”

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz confirmed with Cawthorn’s campaign that he did indeed call to concede to Edwards.

Edwards, who is a state senator, was endorsed by Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and backed by parts of the GOP establishment against the 26-year-old firebrand.

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