Thom Tillis wins reelection to U.S. Senate in North Carolina, Cunningham concedes

Thom Tillis wins reelection to U.S. Senate in North Carolina, Cunningham concedes
Republican Thom Tillis has won reelection to the United States Senate in North Carolina, according to the Associated Press. (Source: Thom Tillis)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Republican Thom Tillis has won reelection to the United States Senate in North Carolina, according to the Associated Press.

Tillis has been a U.S. Senator representing North Carolina since 2015. He served on the North Carolina House of Representatives, for District 98 from 2007 to 2014, and was the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2011-2014.

As a senator, Tillis has served on committees of Veterans' Affairs, Armed Services, the Judiciary and more. He earned a bachelor’s degree in technology management from University of Maryland University College in 1997.

In a race marked with controversy, Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham formally conceded on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

“I just called Senator Tillis to congratulate him on winning re-election to a second term in the U.S. Senate and wished him and his family the best in their continued service in the months and years ahead,” Cunningham said in a statement.

Cunningham was found in October to be exchanging sexual texts with a woman who is not his wife. A member of the US Army Reserve, the military then launched an investigation into the affair.

Tillis originally claimed victory on election night.

He issued his own statement after Cunningham’s, saying, “Earlier this afternoon, Cal Cunningham called me to offer his concession. This was a hard-fought campaign and I wish nothing but the best to Cal and his family going forward.”

"I am incredibly humbled by the chance to serve the people of North Carolina in the United States Senate for six more years and I pledge to continue keeping my promises and delivering results.

“I know that my job is fighting for the jobs of the hardworking people of our state, which is why my first post-election priority will be defeating COVID-19 and getting the economy back on track. North Carolinians have a solid record of weathering storms and coming back stronger than ever. I am confident that we all can come together and meet this moment and am ready to get to work.”

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