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24-year-old Madison Cawthorn won the Republican primary runoff election Tuesday in western North Carolina in the race to fill the congressional seat of former Rep. Mark Meadows

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24-year-old Madison Cawthorn 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 left the position to become President Trump’s chief of staff in March, according to Fox News. Cawthorn, who is a real estate investment CEO, upset Lynda Bennet, who was endorsed by the president earlier this month. Cawthorn’s victory marks a rare win against a Trump-backed candidate. Bennet had Trump’s endorsement as her pinned tweet on twitter, and tweeted on Tuesday morning, “Get out and vote today for Pro-Trump conservative Lynda Bennett. Lynda is the only candidate endorsed by President Trump, and she’s the only candidate with a proven record of business experience to help carry out the President’s agenda.” Bennet, a Haywood County real estate company owner, was also endorsed by Meadows and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. ~

Cawthorn emphasized that he is a strong supporter of Trump but he wouldn’t be indebted to anyone in the nation’s capital if he won election to Congress. He received the backing of some local officials and also received some support from a super PAC that backs candidates allied with Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Cawthorn finished second to Bennet in the 12-candidate GOP primary in early March, and the May runoff was delayed until June due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cawthorn won’t reach the constitutionally-mandated age of 25 to serve in the House until August, and will face Democrat and former military prosecutor Moe Davis in November. ~

If victorious come November, Madison Cawthorn would be the youngest congressman since 1977, when Democrat Thomas Joseph Downey served a single term as the representative of the second district of New York in the 94th congress at the age of 25. Cawthorn would also be the youngest republican in the House of Representative since 1921, when Clarence John McLeod was the representative of the 13th district of Michigan. ~

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