Burr supporters rejoice after victory in senate race

FORSYTH COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Supporters of U.S. Senator Richard Burr gathered in Forsyth County Tuesday evening awaiting the results of what had been a tight campaign race.

The crowd rejoiced after learning Burr had emerged victorious over challenger Deborah Ross.

The Republican incumbent is currently serving his second term in the U.S. Senate and will now be serving third cycle in office.

The race has been one of the most polarizing in the state of North Carolina this election cycle. The two politicians have targeted one another on topics like veteran support and the sex offender registry. Several campaign advertisements from each side had flooded the North Carolina airwaves in recent weeks.

Burr emerged to a sea of cheers Tuesday night after the race had been called in his favor.

"It goes without saying, this better than all the rest," said Burr.

The senator thanked his friends and family for all of the support he had received during the race. He said it was an honor to be granted a third term in office.

"Thank you for all those who have believed in me and who have continued to have confidence in the fact that my values match your values," said Burr.

He reiterated that this will be his last run, and his final term in the senate.

"I intend to carry out my duties through this next senate term," Burr told the crowd.

Jesse Hunt, Communications Director for the Burr Campaign, said that the senator spent the last couple of weeks working hard to earn votes. That didn't change on election day.

"He voted early this morning with his wife Brooke, and then he spent a good portion of the afternoon and into the evening going around to different polling locations and having that conversation with voters," explained Hunt.

Burr's campaign was stationed at the Forsyth County Country Club on election night. Burr supporters, campaign volunteers, and members of the media were all in attendance Tuesday evening.

Copyright 2016 WBTV. All rights reserved.