Republican Madison Cawthorn, 25, will become the youngest member of Congress after winning in North Carolina’s 11th district Tuesday.
Cawthorn emerged as a MAGA wunderkind after defeating President Donald Trump’s preferred candidate for the Republican nomination in a district previously represented by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. Styling himself as a new generation of conservative unafraid to criticize his party, Cawthorn has spoken frequently with Trump and has been seen mingling with members of the president’s inner circle — including Rudy Giuliani and Meadows.
Republicans were concerned Cawthorn’s age and inexperience in politics could pose challenges for the party, although the western North Carolina district has been a Republican stronghold. Still, he managed to defeat Democratic nominee Moe Davis, a 62-year-old retired Air Force colonel. After the Associated Press called the race for Cawthorn, he tweeted: "Cry more, lib."
Cawthorn has been scorned on the left for his inflammatory rhetoric. A website launched by his campaign used racist language, and a since-deleted Instagram post showed him visiting the vacation home of Adolf Hitler, whom Cawthorn referred to as "the Fuhrer." Cawthorn also came under fire for historical inaccuracies in his speech at the Republican National Convention, where he also spoke about overcoming a 2014 car crash that left him paralyzed below the waist.
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