Voters in North Carolina went to the polls on Tuesday for a special election to fill the vacancy created when Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) resigned from Congress to serve as Trump's chief of staff.
Trump had repeatedly urged his supporters to back Lynda Bennett in the race for North Carolina's 11th congressional district.
Please let this serve as my Complete and Total Endorsement of a great fighter and ally in North Carolina,… https://t.co/kKvlkrUEWo— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1591281476.0
.@LyndaBennettNC has my Complete & Total Endorsement. She is a great fighter & ally in North Carolina. Lynda is Str… https://t.co/OhZ7JrSORq— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1592351112.0
But voters decided not to go along with Trump's wishes.
"A 24-year-old motivational speaker has defeated the Republican candidate endorsed by President Donald Trump and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in a GOP runoff for Meadows’ old congressional seat, according to unofficial results," the Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday evening. "Madison Cawthorn defeated Lynda Bennett in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District in far-western North Carolina. He was leading with 65% of the vote with nearly all of precincts reporting. The Associated Press called the race in Cawthorn’s favor at 8:47 p.m."
Here's some of what people were saying about the race:
for the fleeting gratification of boasting that a bunch of incumbents he endorsed won re-nomination, Trump now has… https://t.co/QlRZBqKjjl— Alex Burns (@Alex Burns)1592962534.0
As one member of NC delegation puts it, Cawthorn could be a "serious star" ... "Compelling life story, great commun… https://t.co/17YNJYVMT8— Al Weaver (@Al Weaver)1592961465.0
Did I just hear that Lynda Bennett who Trump kept twitter endorsing, who was supposed to fill Mark Meadows empty se… https://t.co/NoieLgJTzG— Mystery Solvent (@Mystery Solvent)1592961597.0
An interesting result so far in #NC11, where Lynda Bennett, endorsed by Trump and Mark Meadows, is down 2-1 to 24-y… https://t.co/lL6oXsQvPT— Dave Weigel (@Dave Weigel)1592957653.0
It’s a landslide. @CawthornforNC will face @ColMorrisDavis in November. Cawthorn’s opponent in the republican runof… https://t.co/RLVIzk4K6Q— Joe Bruno (@Joe Bruno)1592960571.0
A loss by Lynda Bennett would also be embarrassing because local #NC11 Republicans suspected Meadows timed his reti… https://t.co/HoSamN03pz— Ally Mutnick (@Ally Mutnick)1592958561.0
Get out and vote today for Pro-Trump conservative Lynda Bennett. Lynda is the only candidate endorsed by President… https://t.co/xnxo4fvKom— Lynda Bennett (@Lynda Bennett)1592917406.0