Madison Cawthorn Sues NC Elections Board Over Challenge To His Reelection Bid

Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn is suing the North Carolina State Board of Elections, fighting a challenge to his reelection campaign that argues he should be barred from running for office for having “engaged in insurrection” on Jan. 6, 2021.

Cawthorn’s lawsuit, filed Monday, says he “vigorously denies that he engaged in ‘insurrection or rebellion’ against the United States.” The suit rejects claims that he is ineligible to run for office under the law and says he has a right to seek reelection, stating: “running for political office is quintessential First Amendment activity and afforded great protection.”

Armed Trump supporters later stormed the Capitol, where lawmakers were set to certify the results of the election, which Joe Biden had won. Five people died in the mayhem and its immediate aftermath, including a U.S. Capitol police officer.

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