Thom Tillis defeats Cal Cunningham to hang on to North Carolina Senate seat

Thom Tillis is back in the Senate after a hard-fought race in which he tested positive for COVID-19 after flouting mask guidelines in the final weeks of the campaign – at the same time the race came from his Democratic opponent was marred by an extramarital affair. sexting scandal.

Former Sen. Cal Cunningham called on Tillis to concede on Tuesday and released a declaration to say, “The voters have spoken and I respect their decision.”

“While the results of this election suggest that deep political divisions remain in our state and nation, our country’s fuller story lies in what unites us: our faith and confidence in our democracy, our values. civics and humanity, our shared aspiration to care for one another and our belief that we live in a country that does exceptional things, ”the statement said.

Tillis was considered one of the most vulnerable GOP senators in the country, especially given North Carolina’s position as the pivotal state that remained competitive in the presidential race throughout the election. .

Cunningham gave Tillis’ campaign adjustments for much of the cycle, as the military veteran and political centrist proved difficult to define as an ordinary liberal despite the Republican’s best efforts.

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