north carolina 11th congressional district

Helen Chickering

Madison Cawthorn's overwhelming win Tuesday in the runoff election for the Republican looks like an upset, as the 24-year-old finished second to Lynda Bennett in the March 3rd primary.  His win Tuesday by a 2-to-1 margin wasn't as unexpected as it looks, though the vote totals were.

Cory Vaillancourt

Madison Cawthorn, who would be the youngest member of Congress should he be elected this fall, trounced fellow Republican Lynda Bennett in Tuesday's runoff election to win the GOP nomination for North Carolina's 11th Congressional district.  He'll face Democrat Moe Davis in the November general election.

Polls open at 6:30 Tuesday morning for the runoff election in Western North Carolina's 11th Congressional district.  Maggie Valley businesswoman Lynda Bennett faces Henderson County real estate investor Madison Cawthorn for the GOP nomination for the seat previously held by President Donald Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows.  Polls close at 7:30 Tuesday evening.

High-Profile NC11 Congressional Runoff Draws Near

Jun 9, 2020
Cory Vaillancourt

The race to replace Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows enters a new phase this month. 

Early voting has begun for the June 23 Second Primary for the GOP nomination in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional district, as eligible Republicans and independents will decide whom faces Democrat Moe Davis in November.

The runoff election is just another chapter in a saga that even the most-seasoned political expert might have found implausible just months ago. 

In less than a month, voters in Western North Carolina decide the Republican nomination in the 11th Congressional District.  Outside of whether Lynda Bennett or Madison Cawthorn wins on June 23rd, how voters cast their ballots during a pandemic will be a major takeaway from the race - and a potential foreshadow of how prevalent mail-in voting will be for the November general election.

Republican congressional-candidate Lynda Bennett, who hopes to win the District 11 seat recently vacated by her political patron Mark Meadows, is calling for an immediate end to North Carolina’s stay-home order, calling pandemic restrictions an infringement “on our rights and freedom.”

Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

Most of Western North Carolina is going through the COVID-19 pandemic without a member of Congress following the resignation of Mark Meadows on March 30th to become President Donald Trump's chief of staff.  That means the 11th Congressional District seat for North Carolina is vacant - and will remain that way for most if not all of the rest of 2020.

What has long been rumored is now reality – Western North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Meadows will become President Donald Trump’s chief of staff.   The move will likely leave his seat in Congress vacant for eight months if not longer.

Republican voters in Western North Carolina will head to the polls again in just two months to decide a runoff primary following Tuesday’s results in the 11th Congressional district.  No candidate in the 11-person field for the GOP nomination hit the 30% threshold needed to avoid a runoff.  That means the top two vote-getters – Lynda Bennett and Madison Cawthorn – will face each other in the May runoff. 

Helen Chickering / Blue Ridge Public Radio

Former Guantanamo Bay prosecutor Moe Davis easily outdistanced his rivals to win the Democratic primary for the open Congressional seat in Western North Carolina's 11th district.  His GOP opponent is still unknown, as none of the 11 candidates on the ballot came close to the 30% needed to avoid a runoff.

Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

Tuesday March 3rd is primary election day in North Carolina.  Voters will decide party nominees for elected positions at the federal, state, and local levels.  Polls will be open Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

Early voting concludes Saturday February 29th ahead of the March 3rd primary election in North Carolina.  In Western North Carolina, voters will begin the process of choosing a new member of Congress.  The 11th Congressional District has new boundaries this year, ensuring all of the westernmost portion of the state is in the same district.  In the Republican primary in the 11th, having no incumbent brought out one of the largest primary fields in the country.

Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

Early voting concludes February 29th ahead of the March 3rd primary election in North Carolina.  Voters will decide nominees for a large number of races in the fall.  In Western North Carolina, choosing a new member of Congress headlines the list of elections on the ballot.  The 11th Congressional District has new boundaries this year, ensuring all of the westernmost portion of the state is in the same district.  It also has no incumbent.

On February 7th  Blue Ridge Public Radio held a forum with three candidates running for the Republican nomination for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, which encompasses all of Western North Carolina.  All told, 11 candidates are running in the GOP primary.  Each were invited to participate in two forums BPR held.  This forum features three of them – Wayne King, Vance Patterson, and Albert Wiley.  Early voting for the primary election in North Carolina runs until February 29th.  Those who have not registered to vote yet will only be able to do so during the early voting period.

Early voting is underway in North Carolina for the March 3rd primary.  Voters in Western North Carolina will have plenty of candidates from the major parties to choose from for the 11th Congressional District seat – 16 of them to be exact, 11 Republicans and 5 Democrats.  

Ahead of North Carolina's March 3rd primary election, Blue Ridge Public Radio will hold candidate forums for three different races.  The forums will be broadcast live on the station's Facebook page.

Candidate filing in North Carolina for the 2020 primary election ended on December 20th.  The primary will be held on March 3rd, 2020.  The deadline to register to vote on that day is February 7th, 2020.  There is no same day registration on primary day.  There is same day registration during the early voting period before the primary.  Early voting for the 2020 primary election runs from February 13th to 29th.  The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail for the primary election is February 25th, 2020.

Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows abrupt retirement announcement Thursday opened the floodgates for his fellow Republicans to announce their candidacies for the seat in the final hours before Friday afternoon's filing deadline.

Congressman Mark Meadows Facebook page

(1:00 p.m. Thursday) - Haywood County businesswoman Lynda Bennett announced she'll seek the Republican nomination in North Carolina's 11th Congressional district, just hours after incumbent GOP Congressman Mark Meadows announced he would not seek re-election next year and instead retire.

Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Thousands of dollars in property taxes on land owned by Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows' business went unpaid because the western North Carolina congressman says he didn't know about the bills.

Wikicommons

MOSCOW (AP) — A small Russian bank owned by former U.S. congressman Charles Taylor was stripped of its license Friday after allegedly breaking anti-money laundering rules.

Russia's central bank said that Commercial Bank of Ivanovo committed "numerous" breaches of anti-money laundering regulations — including by providing "incomplete and unreliable information" about transactions — and inflated the value of its assets.

The central bank has appointed administrators and says more than 70 percent of CBI's lending was "low-quality loans."

Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in two gerrymandering cases, one of which involves North Carolina’s Congressional districts.  Those were redrawn earlier this decade by Republican leaders to benefit the GOP.  Nowhere in the state felt that change more than the city of Asheville.  

U.S. Census Bureau

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for the party.

Yet it wasn't as bad as it could have been for Republicans.

That's because they may have benefited from a built-in advantage in some states, based on how political districts were drawn, that prevented deeper losses or helped them hold on to power, according to a mathematical analysis by The Associated Press.