National Rifle Association backs Cawthorn’s re-election

After a turbulent few weeks after accusing his GOP colleagues of inviting him to cocaine-fueled orgies, North Carolina’s Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn’s favor may be growing since her recent endorsement by the National Rifle Association. (NAR).

During an interview in late March on the Warrior Poet Society’s YouTube channel, Cawthorn said he had been invited to sexual encounters and witnessed drug use among politicians he admired. prompting a major backlash from GOP members, including Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Following McCarthy’s intense rebuke, an April poll shows Cawthorn’s vote favor plummeted.

McCarthy said Cawthorn had “lost his confidence” and “he needs to take action to turn his life around or there could be consequences,” according to CNN’s Capitol Hill reporter Melanie Zanona.

Cawthorn is now grateful for the NRA’s endorsement, hoping to win back GOP support.

Rep. Madison Cawthorn was recently endorsed by the NRA following accusations of cocaine-fueled orgies among other GOP members. Here, Cawthorn speaks at a rally for former President Donald Trump at The Farm at 95 in Selma, North Carolina on April 9, 2022.
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“Honored to be endorsed by the NRA for re-election to Congress!”, Cawthorn tweeted. “I will never stop fighting for your right to keep and bear arms!”

A recent poll note obtained by Carolina Journal suggested that Trump-affiliated Cawthorn may be ‘in danger’ as he prepares to face other GOP members for the seat in the western 11th congressional district. of North Carolina.

Campaign pollster Glen Bolger with Public Opinion Strategies conducted an April 2-4 survey of 300 North Carolina GOP voters likely to vote in the primary.

Bolger said Cawthorn’s electoral support had fallen from 52% to 44% in the past three weeks.

Last month, Cawthorn led the polls by 32 points against GOP candidate Chuck Edwards, 52% to 20%. In the recent poll, Cawthorn lost 8% while Edwards gained 4%.

Cawthorn’s recent NRA endorsement could be the boost he needs to win back GOP voters.

The NRA gives an “A” to applicants who have a proven track record in favor of the Second Amendment, while those who do not receive an “F” grade. Cawthorn recently received an “A” rating from the association.

Cawthorn’s rating makes him a “solid[ly] pro-gun candidate. A candidate who has supported NRA positions on key votes in elected office or a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues,” according to the NRA.

As he struggled in the polls, embarrassing photos of Cawthorn surfaced online Friday showing the congressman in lingerie. The photos were obtained by Politico.

“I guess the left thinks goofy vacation photos at a game on a cruise (taken way before I ran for Congress) are going to hurt me somehow? They’re missing things to get me started,” the congressman said. tweeted.

Newsweek contacted the NRA and Cawthorn for comment.


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