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From Madison Cawthorn's loss to Ted Budd's win, we discuss primary election results. Plus, Tony Award Winning Director Tommy Kail

Claire Donnelly / WFAE

From Charlotte City Council to the U.S. Senate, voters in North Carolina made their voices heard in the primary election on Tuesday.

In a stunning loss, Rep. Madison Cawthorn was defeated by state Sen. Chuck Edwards in North Carolina's 11th district. Cawthorn, who was endorsed by former President Trump, struggled under almost incessant controversy in recent months.

In the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, Rep. Ted Budd beat Pat McCrory handily. McCrory lost every county in North Carolina except for Mecklenburg, his home county. Democrat Cheri Beasley will face Budd in the general election.

In the Democratic primary for Charlotte City Council's at-large seats, incumbent Braxton Winston won the most votes, while District 1 Council member Larken Egleston and former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon lost. Mayor Vi Lyles won her primary in a landslide.

With polls closed and results in, we sit down with a political analyst and WFAE's politics reporter to discuss the results.


Michael Bitzer, chair of political science, professor of politics and history at Catawba College

Steve Harrison, politics reporter for WFAE

Then, we sit down for an interview with Tony Award winning director Tommy Kail. We discuss Hamilton, which just closed in Charlotte and Freestyle Love Supreme, which lands in Charlotte next week.

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