After claiming early leads in Tuesday night’s primaries, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and N.C. Speaker of the House Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) won the Democratic and Republican nominations, respectively, for the U.S. Senate race this November.
North Carolina’s seat in the U.S. Senate has been identified as one of the most contested — and expensive — races in the nation, and Tuesday’s primaries saw 13 candidates from three parties vying for nominations.
But like other midterm races in the state, the nominees for U.S. Senate emerged as clear winners.
Voting closed at 7:30 p.m., and Hagan won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate by 9 p.m. Tillis made his acceptance speech at 10 p.m. at the Omni Hotel in Charlotte.
"We're all on the same team – a team to beat Kay Hagan," Tillis said in his speech, saying Republican candidate Mark Harris had just called him to congratulate him on the nomination.
"If we want to change Obamacare we have to change our senator. If we want to end our nation's financial crisis we have got to change our senator."
Hagan won her nomination with 77 percent of the vote and Tillis with about 46 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results with all precincts reporting.
From the beginning of the night, Tillis maintained the 40 percent of votes necessary to avoid a runoff.