Burr rallies for support in Senate race

Richard Burr predicts an N.C. sweep with Donald Trump, Pat McCrory and himself winning.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In a tight race for reelection, Senator Richard Burr makes his rounds to thank volunteers and rally support.  

"Thank each and every one of you for what you've done," Burr told a crowded room at the Mecklenburg County GOP office.  

Volunteers there have been working the phones to help win Burr a third term.  

"Not only is Donald Trump going to win, Pat McCroy is going to win, I'm going to win," he declared to cheers.

Burr got extra support from his colleagues, Junior Senator Thom Tillis and SC Senator Tim Scott, who is also up for reelection.  

"We've been blessed with a lot of volunteers, a lot of folks on the phone for our campaign at home, so we wanted to take the time to cross over the border and bring the Carolinas back together again, so to speak," said Sen. Scott.

However, that won't be easy. Burr and his opponent Deborah Ross are in a virtual dead heat. Recent polling puts Burr ahead but 1.5 points, which is well within the margin of error. He says he is not surprised at how competitive this race is.

"We anticipated from the beginning this was going to be a race of 60,000 to 100,000 votes. 

With every vote counting, Burr faced backlash this week for comments that Hillary Clinton should be on the cover of the NRA's magazine with a bullseye.

"I stand by what I said, I shouldn't have said it, but I apologized for it and that's that," he asserted

Now in the final days of the campaign, Burr says he and his wife will get in their car and go reach out to the voters in hopes of getting their support before early voting ends on Saturday or on Tuesday.

"When we stop in a town we go to the GOP headquarters and we thank the volunteers, we go downtown and we work main street," he said.

Deborah Ross has been busy on the campaign trail Friday, as well. She spoke in Fayetteville before President Obama and is leading a get out the early vote rally in Wilson. 

Ross' campaign says, "She's taken her energetic grassroots campaign from county to county talking to voters in their own communities, and as we head into Election Day, she will continue to do that,"

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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