The all-important battle for the U.S. Senate majority made a move in favor of the Republican Party on Tuesday, courtesy of Democratic candidate Cal Cunningham conceding to incumbent Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina. “I just called Senator Tillis to congratulate him on winning reelection 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,” Cunningham said in a statement released after his concession.
The win for Tillis means Republicans hold 49 seats in the Senate, one more than the 48 so far held by Democrats. There are three more seats still in contention: in Alaska, which is showing a Republican in the lead currently, and in Georgia, where there will be two huge runoff elections coming up in January. Republicans would need to win two of those three to keep control of the Senate and be able to fight off some of the far left’s socialist agenda items they would hope to pass.
One thing that helped Tillis was the revelation that Cunningham had been involved in an extramarital affair. He admitted to exchanging romantic texts with a California woman, and once the text messages were leaked, the woman told the Associated Press they had also had a physical affair. That news in October helped wipe away what once was a huge lead for Cunningham, opening the door for Tillis to retain his Senate seat.
Tillis ended up with 48.72% of the vote, with Cunningham tallying 46.95%.