Hagan jumped out to an early lead as election results started to come in Tuesday night, but she ultimately lost the tight race to Republican challenger Thom Tillis. Tillis won 48.9 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.
Amid a supportive crowd’s chants of “We Want Kay,” Hagan delivered her concession speech at the Plaza at Greensboro Coliseum.
She said she had called Tillis to congratulate him and told him that she would work with him during the transition time. Tillis joined a wave of Republican success on Tuesday as the party gained a majority in the U.S. Senate.
“It’s been a long couple of years, but none of it would have been possible without the long hours some of you logged,” Hagan told the crowd.