RALEIGH, N.C. — Rising GOP star Madison Cawthorn was elected on Tuesday to represent a North Carolina U.S. House district.
Cawthorn, 25, will be one of the youngest people to ever serve in Congress after his win in the 11th District. He will be filling a vacant seat previously held by Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, who left to serve as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff.
Cawthorn defeated Democrat and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Moe Davis.
Cawthorn first drew attention after defeating Trump’s preferred candidate in an upset in the June GOP primary runoff.
Left partially paralyzed from a car accident, he delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention in August during which he stood up from his wheelchair with the help of a walker.
Speaking after his win from a vineyard in Hendersonville, Cawthorn said the first issue he would push for North Carolina when he gets to Washington is healthcare.
“I think, especially since coronavirus,” Cawthorn said. “I think everybody realizes access to healthcare is paramount something that’s very important. But even as we continue to come out of this pandemic I don’t want to continue our health care system of treating the problem. I would rather have us figure out a solution before we even get there. So instead of treating sick people, let’s continue to help keep healthy people healthy.”
Davis released the following statement following his defeat:
“I’m grateful to over 1,000 volunteers who worked tirelessly to help me try to bring better days to Western North Carolina. I’ll be forever grateful for their support. But the voters have spoken and while I’m disappointed, I respect their decision.”
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