Madison Cawthorn says efforts to keep him off the ballot for Jan. 6 actions have 'snowball's chance in hell'

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FIRST ON FOX: Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., hit back hard against an effort to keep him off the ballot in North Carolina for his Jan. 6 actions, saying the legal strategy to hurt “America First patriots” will ultimately fail.

“It’s just a political tactic,” Cawthorn told Fox News Digital in his first interview on the challenge to disqualify him for the ballot. “I don’t believe it has a snowball’s chance in hell of actually accomplishing its task.”

A group of 11 North Carolina voters on Monday filed a legal challenge to the North Carolina State Board of Elections seeking to disqualify Cawthorn as a congressional candidate, alleging he does not meet the Constitutional requirements for office for his actions and statements surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

With the U.S. Capitol building in the background, supporters of President Donald Trump stand Pennsylvania Avenue during a rally at Freedom Plaza, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Section 3 of the 14th Amendment — enacted in the wake of the Civil War — says no person shall serve in Congress “who, having previously taken an oath, as a

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