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GOP runoff election for Meadows seat set June 23
Monday, 15 June 2020 16:09

From Staff Reports

The hotly contests runoff election between Republican candidates Lynda Bennett and Madison Cawthorn, the two top vote-getters in the March 3 primary vying for the seat in U.S. Congress from the 11th District vacated by Mark Meadows, is scheduled for June 23.

Meadows, who held the seat since 2013,  left Congress early to become President Donald Trump’s chief of staff. Meadows endorsed Bennett, who won the primary by about 2,000 votes, but that was not enough of a margin to secure the nomination.

“Cawthorn, who was nominated by Meadows to attend Annapolis before he nearly lost his life as a passenger in a car crash, beat Bennett in Buncombe and Henderson counties, which could be significant going into the May 12 runoff,” according to Asheville television station WLOS News 13.

Moe Davis, who was a judge and a lawyer in Guantanamo, won the Democratic primary. 

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, State Board of Elections Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell exercised her emergency powers and  rescheduled the Republican runoff, which had been scheduled March 12.

Brinson Bell’s decision came after consultation with state emergency officials, Republican Party leaders and elections officials in the counties that make up the 11th District. All agreed that moving the second primary to a later date was the right decision in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“The health and safety of North Carolina voters, election staff and poll workers is our top priority during this time,” Brinson Bell said. “State and county elections officials are working hard on plans to ensure voters can cast ballots safely in all future elections, even if the threat from COVID-19 persists.”



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