Republican Richard Burr of North Carolina has been re-elected to the Senate. Former state lawmaker Deborah Ross was trying to unseat Burr in one of the most closely watched and hotly contested Senate races in the country.
Burr began his victory speech at Forsyth Country Club in Winston-Salem by thanking his fellow North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, who introduced Burr at the podium.
“I am truly humbled by the support I’ve received by people from across this state,” Burr said.
Burr told the crowd that his win validated his belief that his values matched those of North Carolinians.
“This is a victory for all who have believed in me,” Burr said. “As Americans, we literally breathe the air of freedom every day. Our hearts swell with pride knowing we live in the greatest land ever known to mankind.”
Burr also struck a conciliatory note after a hard, sometimes bitter campaign with Ross.
“Campaigns are about differences. But now that the campaign is over, it’s time to move forward,” he said. “We should be prepared to make tough decisions as did our nation’s founders.”
Burr also said this will be “his last campaign” noting he will not run for another term in the U.S. Senate.