Madison Cawthorn Vows to Contest Presidential Election Result, Help Primary GOP Holdouts
North Carolina Congressman-elect Madison Cawthorn announced Monday that he will challenge the results of the presidential election when Congress meets next month to count the votes and warned other Republicans that he would fund their primary challengers, if they don't call for "fair" elections.
"I will contest the election," said Republican Cawthorn Monday during a speech at the Student Action Summit at Turning Point USA in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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"And not only that," he continued. “I have a message for every other Republican across the country. If you are not on the record and are demanding fair, free and just elections now and in the future, I will come to your district and fund a major antagonist against you. "
Cawthorn, 25, who was elected to represent North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District last month, claimed swing states with “liberal” governors and secretaries of state “broke the law and broke our constitution” in the 2020 election .
"The right to vote in a free and fair election is the cornerstone of our republic," Cawthorn wrote on Monday in a tweet following his announcement. “Attempts to undermine the constitutional authority of state lawmakers to conduct election strikes in the heart of the representative government. I choose to stand in the breach and fight for us. "
"On behalf of the people, I am contesting this election because of key state violations of the constitution," he added in a later tweet.
States confirmed their electoral college results earlier this month. Former Vice President Joe Biden won the election with 306 votes to President Trump's 232. A joint session of Congress will be convened on January 6, before next month's inauguration day, to count the votes.
Cawthorn said his decision to challenge the election results on "substantial allegations of electoral fraud" was not political and predicted the move would "harm" rather than help his career in Washington.
A formal challenge would require a Senator to join Cawthorn in contesting Biden's victory.
Since the election, Trump has refused to admit, claiming he won a second term for alleging widespread electoral fraud in favor of Biden. His legal team has filed a number of lawsuits in swing states, which Biden has won, but have failed to produce evidence of fraud on a scale that would alter the election result.
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