GOP looks to marginalize Cawthorn if he wins Tuesday primary

(CNN) Republicans are publicly and privately rooting for Rep. Madison Cawthorn to lose his North Carolina primary race on Tuesday.
"There's no one thing that put me in a position to where the first time in my career I'm opposing a sitting Republican," Tillis told CNN.
But Cawthorn won his primary against a Trump-endorsed candidate in 2020, and quickly became a rising star on the right.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn leaves a meeting of the House Republican Conference at the Capitol Hill Club in December 2021.
But lawmakers see him as highly unlikely to boot Cawthorn from conference or committees, wanting to maintain a sense of party unity.
Rep. Brian Mast, a Florida Republican, said he and Cawthorn have a "common bond" given injuries they both have endured.
And make that it," Mast told CNN.
Asked if Cawthorn would be welcomed back into the conference if wins his primary, Mast said: "By some yes, by some no."
Asked whether he supported Cawthorn for his reelection, Rep. David Rouzer said, "I'm not getting involved in the primary one way or another."
Rep. Madison Cawthorn arrives for the State of the Union address at the US Capitol on March 1.
This past winter, Cawthorn privately floated running against veteran North Carolina Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry, according to people familiar with the matter and closely connected to North Carolina politics.
"He said he wasn't here to legislate, that he's here to build up public relations," Rice told CNN.
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