Besides getting President Donald Trump out of office, the top priority for Democrats in the 2020 election was to reclaim majority control of the U.S. Senate.
That effort has likely failed, especially now that one of the top seats Democrats targeted is officially staying in Republican hands. Democratic senatorial candidate for North Carolina Cal Cunnigham conceded the race to incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) on Tuesday, Breitbart reported.
Rocked by scandal
Democrats had set their sights on North Carolina as being potentially flippable and believed they had fielded the perfect candidate in Cunningham — a military veteran and family man.
Cunningham consistently held substantial leads in the polls — until October when it was revealed that he had been engaged in an extramarital affair with the wife of another disabled combat veteran, Fox News reported.
Over the course of the month between when that story first broke and the election, Cunningham’s once-seemingly insurmountable lead in the polls all but vanished.
Conceding the race
Now, as even the mainstream media can no longer deny that Tillis survived the challenge from Cunningham, the Democratic candidate offered his concession and acknowledged his loss in the crucial race.
In a statement posted to Twitter on Tuesday, Cunningham announced, “I just called Senator Tillis to congratulate him on winning re-election to a second term in the U.S. Senate and wished him and his family the best in their continued service in the months and years ahead.”
“The voters have spoken and I respect their decision,” he added.
Tillis accept Cunningham’s concession and expressed gratitude to the people of North Carolina for electing him to serve another term in the Senate.
“Earlier this afternoon, Cal Cunningham called me to offer his concession. This was a hard-fought campaign and I wish nothing but the best to Cal and his family going forward,” Tillis tweeted.
“I am incredibly humbled by the chance to serve the people of North Carolina in the United States Senate for six more years and I pledge to continue keeping my promises and delivering results,” he continued.
The senator added that, at least for the foreseeable future, his top priorities in the Senate are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and getting the economy back on track. “I am confident that we all can come together and meet this moment and am ready to get to work,” he said.