Raleigh, N.C. — Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr beat out Democrat and former state lawmaker Deborah Ross to win re-election to the U.S. Senate Tuesday night.
With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Burr had garnered 52 percent of the vote, compared with 45 percent of the vote for Ross, according to unofficial results.
Burr, who has served 12 years in the Senate after 10 years in the House, has said this is his last campaign for Congress and referred to the victory as the "capstone of my public service."
"At the end of this six years, it will be time to let another generation get in on the action by serving in the United States Senate," Burr said during his acceptance speech.
When Burr completes his final six-year term, only two elected senators in North Carolina, Jesse Helms and Sam Ervin, will have served longer in the Senate.
Generations past and future were the focus of Burr's speech as he promised to make the world better for future generations and reminisced about his parents, who both stood with him when he was elected to his first term in the Senate but have since passed away.
He said he was inspired by his father to enter public service and, now that the campaign has ended, hopes to move forward with solving problems.
"We don't know what we might face in the nation ahead, but we know this: for over 240 years, Americans have always risen to the challenge, whichever way they came," he said.
Conceding defeat, Ross congratulated Burr and urged her supporters to turn to him when they see issues that need to be addressed within the state.
"Anybody who serves you needs to serve all the people of this state," she said. "We've seen what the needs are of the people of North Carolina, and I am hoping and praying that this next Congress will address them."
Ross thanked her husband and parents, who appeared with her onstage and said that, although she did not win the election, she is proud of her campaign.
"It's not the outcome that we wanted, but I have zero regrets," she said.
Ross had tried to paint Burr as a Washington, D.C., insider who had lost touch with North Carolina, but Burr countered by arguing that Ross, a former state director of the ACLU, doesn't represent North Carolina values, hammering her with her stances on sex offender registries and flag burning.
House races going to incumbents
In the 4th Congressional District, incumbent David Price was expected to win comfortably over Sue Googe, with about 68 percent of the vote.
"I promise to fight and to fight hard to maintain North Carolina's place in the sun, to maintain North Carolina's place in the sun as a progressive and inclusive state," Price said during his acceptance speech.
Republican David Rouzer claimed victory in the race for his seat in the 7th District, having 60 percent of the vote with 61 percent of precincts reporting.
"It's an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of the 7th District, and I am humbled to be elected to represent them for another term," Rouzer said in a statement. "I will continue to work on the issues important to the people of this district and remain a strong advocate for our national defense and a less intrusive and smaller federal government so that we can once again be prosperous at home and strong abroad."
Republican Richard Hudson was re-elected to the 8th District with 59 percent of the vote.
"It's an incredible honor to have this opportunity to continue serving our community. I'm grateful the people of the Eighth District were clear in their support tonight, and I want to thank them for their continued trust in me to help get our country back on track," Hudson said in a statement.
Republican George Holding was re-elected to the 2nd District with 56 percent of the vote.
Democrat G.K. Butterfield was re-elected to the 1st District. with 66 percent of the vote, while Republican Walter B. Jones won the 3rd District with 68 percent of the vote.
Republican Robert Pittenger won re-election in the 9th District with 58 percent of the vote, and Republican Mark Meadows won with 64 percent of the vote in the 11th District.
Republican incumbent Patrick McHenry won in the 10th District with 63 percent of the vote.
Republicans Virginia Foxx and Mark Walker were poised to be re-elected to the 5th and 6th Districts, respectively. Democrat Alma Adams had a comfortable lead in her bid for re-election in the 12th District, and Republican Tedd Budd was set to win the new 13th District with 56 percent of the vote.