Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) has twice been stopped making an attempt to deliver a gun onto a aircraft. He claimed his colleagues take cocaine and hold orgies. He instructed Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is an alcoholic, though she doesn’t drink. He may be caught up in an insider buying and selling scheme, and a GOP senator from his personal state has referred to as for an investigation. He has referred to as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy a “thug.” A number of ladies have accused him of sexual harassment.

And his constituents have determined they’ve had sufficient.

Cawthorn, 26, misplaced his bid for reelection Tuesday, falling to state Sen. Chuck Edwards within the GOP main within the eleventh Congressional District. Seven challengers had stepped as much as problem Cawthorn on this deeply crimson district. He called Edwards to concede Tuesday night time.

“That is merely unbelievable. In opposition to all odds, we fought laborious to win this election and supply clear conservative management for the mountains,” Edwards stated in an announcement after his win.

With Tuesday’s outcomes, lots of his colleagues in Washington and North Carolina are seemingly respiratory a sigh of reduction. In latest weeks, Cawthorn confronted an onslaught of unflattering opposition analysis and questions on his mental stability. Republican leaders within the state ― together with Sen. Thom Tillis, who backed Edwards ― labored mightily to unseat him.

Cawthorn was as soon as a rising star within the Republican Occasion, getting a talking spot on the celebration’s 2020 convention as a political newcomer after his shock win the GOP main in his district.

In 2014, on the age of 18, he was in a automotive crash that left him partially paralyzed. He has stated that he’d struggled mentally because the crash ― and even contemplated suicide.

“I feel it slowed my brain down just a little bit. Made me much less clever,” Cawthorn stated in a deposition. “And the ache additionally made studying and learning very troublesome.”

A 12 months later, he made his begin in politics ― a part-time job as an assistant in certainly one of then-Rep. Mark Meadows’ North Carolina district places of work.

Cawthorn had his justifiable share of controversies from the get-go, however criticism from his GOP colleagues has stepped up in latest months. He misplaced the help of a lot of the Republican institution in North Carolina, together with Tillis, and the state’s Home speaker and Senate chief ― all of whom backed Edwards within the main.

Among the frustration was far more local and personal. Final 12 months, Cawthorn angered Tillis when he referred to as the senator “a horrible campaigner” and “a whole RINO” (“Republican in title solely”) at a Republican assembly within the state.

Tillis praised Edwards because the “embodiment of Mountain values who will combat for them each single day in Congress with honor and integrity” in an announcement Tuesday night time.

Cawthorn additionally briefly talked about switching districts, pushing apart and disparaging Tim Moore, the state Home speaker and presumed front-runner.

And as a congressman, Cawthorn confronted criticism for ignoring constituent companies again house.

“Sadly, Madison Cawthorn has fallen well short of essentially the most primary requirements western North Carolina expects from their representatives,” Tillis stated in late March.

“On any given day, he’s a humiliation,” added Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who didn’t endorse anybody within the race.

Trump lastly endorsed Cawthorn on Monday, the day earlier than the election.

“When Madison was first elected to Congress, he did an awesome job,” Trump stated in a submit on the social media platform that he created that has did not take off in a big means. “Just lately, he made some silly errors, which I don’t imagine he’ll make once more…let’s give Madison a second chance!”

A bunch of Cawthorn’s constituents challenged his eligibility to be on the poll, arguing that he shouldn’t be allowed to run as a result of, they are saying, the congressman “advocated for political violence each earlier than and after” Jan. 6, 2021, and that the actions of Cawthorn and others “led immediately, deliberately, and foreseeably to the insurrectionists’ violent assault on the Capitol.”