Haywood County Deputy Sheriff Eric Batchelor Drops Out of Race to Allow Others to Replace Madison Cawthorn

The field of challengers to Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn’s renomination narrowed October 3rd with the withdrawal of Army veteran and Haywood County deputy sheriff Eric Batchelor. Batchelor sent an email to supporters early Oct. 3 announcing the suspension of his intra-party challenge to the first-term incumbent. But he added that his decision was intended to improve the chances of the remaining three announced challengers to stop Cawthorn from winning renomination as the Western North Carolina representative.