Wednesday 18 May 2022 12:52 AM North Carolina primary: Republican voters test Trump's endorsements with ... trends now
Polling stations for North Carolina's primary elections have closed as of 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening, with all eyes on scandal-plagued Rep. Madison Cawthorn's first re-election bid.
The 26-year-old Republican's race has proven to be a test of Donald Trump's endorsement strength, as election watchers wait to see whether the ex-president's support could push him over the line despite a litany of recent public relations crises.
Meanwhile in the state's GOP Senate primary, Trump's endorsement was enough to push relatively little-known lawmaker Rep. Ted Budd to the forefront of the race to replace retiring Senator Richard Burr.
The Republican member of Congress was leading the pack by double-digits shortly after polls closed, though less than 10 percent of the vote had been counted at the time.