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Sen. Burr wins re-election in North Carolina

Sen. Richard Burr speaks to supporters Tuesday night Sen. Richard Burr speaks to supporters Tuesday night
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -

Incumbent Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina has turned away a strong challenge from former state Rep. Deborah Ross. It was one of the nation's most closely watched Senate races as Democrats sought to regain control of the upper chamber on Tuesday.

The 60-year-old Burr has been in Congress since 1994. Ross is a lawyer and former state director of the ACLU who energized Democrats and hoped to score an upset.

Burr was forced to apologize recently after saying he was surprised that a gun magazine with a photo of Hillary Clinton on the cover hadn't put a bull's-eye over her face. Ross had called the comments "dangerous and irresponsible."

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