(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- Tuesday night saw quite the shock in North Carolina’s primary election, as 24-year-old Madison Cawthorn took down Lynda Bennett, who was endorsed by President Donald Trump.
Cawthorn is a newcomer to politics, and will turn 25 in August, which will qualify him to serve in Congress were he to get elected come November. If he were elected, he would become the youngest member of Congress, taking that title away from New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Cawthorn’s victory isn’t surprising just because of his age and the fact that he hasn’t served in politics before. His challenger was not only endorsed by the president but also by Mark Meadows, Trump’s new chief of staff whose seat is the one Cawthorn and Bennett are hoping to fill.
In a statement released Tuesday night, Cawthorn said:
“Tonight, the voters of the 11th district of North Carolina said they’re ready for a new generation of leadership in Washington. You turned our message of hope, opportunity and freedom into a movement.”
Cawthorn didn’t just win, either. He took home almost two-thirds of the votes in the primary.
Cawthorn was nominated by Meadows for an appointment to the United States Naval Academy at the age of 18. However, he was involved in a car crash that paralyzed him from the waist down.
His victory in the North Carolina primary Tuesday marked the first time a candidate backed by Trump was defeated in an election. And it happened twice on Tuesday night, as Libertarian Thomas Massie won the primary election for Kentucky representative.
Before Tuesday night, all 73 candidates who Trump endorsed for various primary and special elections for Congress this cycle ended up winning.
Despite this and his “message of hope,” Cawthorn said he was still supporting Trump. He said:
“I want to make something clear: I support our great president. I do not believe this election has been a referendum on the president’s influence. The people of western North Carolina are wise and discerning. You observed both candidates and simply made the choice you believed is best for our district.”
Overall, despite some voters going against Trump’s chosen candidates, Republicans still overwhelmingly support their president. A recent poll conducted by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal asked registered Republican voters whether they considered themselves to be more of a supporter of the party or Trump, and 52% said Trump compared to just 38% the party.
Also on Tuesday night, Ocasio-Cortez defeated challenger Michelle Caruso-Cabrera quite handily. AOC, as she’s come to be known, has drawn headlines for her super-progressive stances, and she’s seen as a potential challenger in two years to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Caruso-Cabrera raised almost $2 million in the campaign and accused AOC of ignoring her district so she could gain a national audience, but that message didn’t resonate with voters. As AOC said on a livestream Tuesday night:
“To win with that kind of mandate is transformative, and it tells us that our policy positions are not an accident.”