Yesterday, multiple key states held their primaries in what was another test of the strength of President Trump’s endorsement. Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Idaho, Oregon, and North Carolina all voted yesterday for the 2022 midterm elections.
The results have been a mixed bag for America First patriots, with Trump-endorsed Ted Budd winning in North Carolina by a comfortable margin against two formidable opponents. Budd will go on to face Democrat Cheri Beasley in the general election in November.
While Budd’s victory was encouraging, along with a string of other Trump-endorsed candidates winning, rising America First star Madison Cawthorn (R-Nc.) was unseated in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District last night. Cawthorn lost by a razor-thin margin of 2% to State Senator Chuck Edwards (R-Nc.).
The defeat came after Cawthorn alleged that his Republican colleagues in Congress invited him to orgies and snorted cocaine in front of him. After the accusation, videos began to surface that implied that he and his aide were engaged in sexual activity.
With a victor decided in most primary races, the race that has been perhaps the most closely watched has yet to declare a winner. In a three-way race between Kathy Barnette, Dave McCormick, and Trump-endorsed Mehmet Oz, Oz currently leads by a slim margin of 2,500 votes with 95% of the vote in.
The race will likely go in to recount territory with establishment Dave McCormick trailing him and Barnette in third place.
Oz was consistently polling ahead in the run up to the election, but infighting between him and Kathy Barnette, who was funded by the Club for Growth, gave McCormick an opening to become a close contender for the nomination.
This is a developing story.