Richard Burr wins North Carolina Senate race

Sen. Richard Burr outlasts challenge in North Carolina
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  • Burr defeated Deborah Ross, a Democratic attorney and former state legislator
  • Republicans have so far managed to hold key seats in Indiana, Ohio and Florida

Washington (CNN)North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr has outlasted a challenge by a liberal insurgent, according to a CNN projection, another GOP victory that limits Democrats' chances of holding the Senate.

Burr defeated Deborah Ross, a Democratic attorney and former state legislator, who mounted a surprisingly strong challenge in the presidential battleground state. Burr's win takes another seat off the map for Democrats and increases the chances that Republicans will hold the Senate.
    A former head of the ACLU, Ross was vulnerable to Republican attacks on her legal record. Rival groups portrayed her in advertisements as extreme and out of touch with the middle-of-the-road state.
    Republicans have so far managed to hold key Senate seats in Indiana, Ohio and Florida, according to CNN projections. Democrats have flipped one seat in Illinois.