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Trump Backing Fails to Help Madison Cawthorn Keep US House Seat

  • North Carolina state Senator Chuck Edwards is GOP nominee
  • Party leaders backed Edwards after series of Cawthorn scandals
Madison Cawthorn in Selma, North Carolina, in April. 

Madison Cawthorn in Selma, North Carolina, in April. 

Photographer: Allison Joyce/Getty Images North America

Scandal-plagued Republican US Representative Madison Cawthorn narrowly lost his bid for a second term despite former President Donald Trump’s last-minute plea to North Carolina voters to give the lawmaker a “second chance.” 

State Senator Chuck Edwards won the GOP primary for the heavily Republican district after winning the backing of nearly every major party leader in his state, including US Senator Thom Tillis.