Republican incumbent Thom Tillis has beaten Democrat challenger Cal Cunningham in the race for United States Senate in North Carolina.
This gives Republicans 49 seats, and a clear majority in the Senate.
Tillis wins North Carolina Senate race after Cunningham concedes
GOP Sen. Thom Tillis won a second term in North Carolina, after Democrat Cal Cunningham conceded defeat Tuesday in what was the most expensive Senate election in the country this year.
The victory gives the GOP at least 49 senators in the new Congress, with GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska leading his race to become the 50th Republican. Control of the Senate will come down to two Jan. 5 runoffs in Georgia.
North Carolina was the epicenter of the battle for the Senate in 2020, easily topping $200 million in total spending on its way to becoming the most expensive Senate race of all time.
Tillis, a first-term senator who narrowly won his seat in a GOP wave six years ago, faced persistent concerns about support from Republican base voters and even the threat of a primary challenge, all of which weakened his standing in a tightly divided state even before the election year arrived.
But the race shifted dramatically in a 48-hour period in early October.
Trump was also declared the winner in North Carolina, finally.
BREAKING: President Trump & Senator Thom Tillis both win in North Carolina. 🇺🇸🙏🏻👏🏻🚨🔥
— Blair Brandt (@BlairBrandt) November 10, 2020
— Political Polls (@PpollingNumbers) November 10, 2020
.@DecisionDeskHQ finally makes the call.
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) November 10, 2020
This is great news for Republicans.
Now all eyes are on the separate runoff races in Georgia in January.