BREAKING: Incumbent Thom Tillis wins U.S. Senate seat

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Courtesy of Thom Tillis

Abi Pepin, Senior Political Correspondent

Thom Tillis, U.S. Senate incumbent, defeated Democrat Cal Cunningham.

Tillis, a Republican, won with 48.71% of the votes, while Cunningham had 46.95% of votes, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Tillis was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 2006 and Speaker in 2011. Tillis has been serving senator since 2015.

One week after Election Day, Cunningham conceded to Tillis.

“The voters have spoken and I respect their decision,” Cunningham said in a statement. “While the results of the election suggest there remain deep political divisions in our state and nation, the more complete story of our country lies in what unites us: our faith and sense of confidence in our democracy, our civic values and common humanity, our shared aspiration to care for one another and our belief that we live in a country that does exceptional things.”