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Thom Tillis projected to unseat Kay Hagan in North Carolina

It took until 98 percent of precincts reported before The Wall Street Journal and CNN called the race, Tillis with 49 percent of the vote to Hagan's 47 percent.

By
Danielle Haynes

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- In what has been considered the most expensive Senate race in U.S. history, CNN and The Wall Street Journal projected challenger Republican state Rep. Thom Tillis will unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina.

It took until 98 percent of precincts reported before The Wall Street Journal called the race, Tillis with 49 percent of the vote to Hagan's 47 percent.

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The already-close race was hampered even further Tuesday after voting hours in Robeson County were extended by 45 minutes after one precinct ran out of ballots for that amount of time.

The race between Hagan and Tillis was considered to be the most expensive Senate race in U.S. history, with a combined total of more than $103 million spent.

In September, Tillis ran an ad criticizing Hagan for being absent during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearings where the Islamic State was discussed.

Hagan first won the seat in 2008, beating out North Carolina's first female senator, Elizabeth Dole, who served for one term.

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