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February 9, 2016

Nebraska Senate Race: Sasse Wins Republican Primary (Video)

Sasse prevailed over two Republican rivals in the Nebraska Senate primary race Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ben Sasse pulled off a victory in Nebraska Tuesday night, winning the Republican Senate primary to become the nominee and likely the next senator from the Cornhusker State.

Sasse, president of Midland University and a former Bush administration official, bested former state Treasurer Shane Osborn and banker Sid Dinsdale to win the nomination for this open seat. Republican Sen. Mike Johanns is retiring.

Sasse had 44 percent of the vote when The Associated Press called the race just before 10 p.m. Dinsdale was in second at 26 percent, followed by Osborn with 23 percent.

Sasse benefited from massive spending by outside groups like the Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Fund. Those groups did a lot of the dirty work, running a barrage of negative ads bashing first Osborn and, later, Dinsdale, while Sasse’s own campaign only ran positive spots about the candidate.

With Sasse’s nomination, the tea party will claim its first big win of the cycle. Tea-party-aligned groups like the Madison Project — along with the club and SCF — backed him, along with Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, who traveled to Nebraska to rally for Sasse alongside former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

There is no serious Democratic contender. The race is rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • pmmg

    Excuse me, but the GOP establishment fronted Osborn’s campaign…so outside money was thrown around by many!

  • bill07407

    awesome news

  • Sally

    Oh boy. Sarah is 1 for 5.

  • frank fitzsimmons

    And I thought Texas was crazy!

  • frank fitzsimmons

    For stupid people.

  • NotPropagandized

    Yes, we’re crazy about freedom. FREEEEEEEEEEDOMMMMMMM !!

  • NotPropagandized

    1 more for freedom. God bless Sarah.

  • bill07407

    Frank is certainly stupid

  • bill07407

    No Frank, you are crazy

  • frank fitzsimmons

    No, just intelligent. Something which you sadly are not.

  • daddyoyo

    How does freedom equate with the institution of Christian Sharia law?

  • bill07407

    You are a moronic libturd.

  • Klen8888

    Emini S&P Trading Secret and learn how to trade and then move to South East Asia and live a life that you never dreamed you could live. That’s what I am doing now and very happy instead of being in fear all the time and stressed.

  • bill07407

    Duddy yoyo wins dumbass comment of the week award

  • frank fitzsimmons

    Brilliant retort you gene pool defect.

  • Layla

    One down. I like his message to Congress and the President: Stick to the Constitution and leave the country the hell alone.

  • Raz Matazz

    The seductive nature of our latent instincts is exploited relentlessly by those who oppose liberty and understand the power of the instincts and emotions to which they appeal.

  • Lister Eane

    Those who profess no limits to the actions which can be taken in the majority’s name are undermining liberty and democratic processes.

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