Trump’s pick defeated in North Carolina GOP House primary

Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 9:11 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -A 24-year-old candidate has won the Republican nomination for a western North Carolina congressional primary, beating President Donald Trump’s choice for the seat recently held by his chief of staff.

Election results on Tuesday show real estate investment firm CEO Madison Cawthorn defeated Lynda Bennett in the 11th Congressional District runoff.

Bennett had received Trump’s endorsement earlier this month and had the backing of Mark Meadows, who held the seat for more than six years but decided not to run again.

Meadows resigned from Congress in March as he became chief of staff.

Cawthorn will take on Democrat Moe Davis in November.

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