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July 3, 2015

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.

Comments (18)

  1. pmmg

    May 13, 2014
    10:08 p.m.

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

  2. bill07407

    May 13, 2014
    10:08 p.m.

    awesome news

    • frank fitzsimmons

      May 13, 2014
      11:29 p.m.

      For stupid people.

      • bill07407

        May 14, 2014
        5:49 a.m.

        Frank is certainly stupid

  3. Sally

    May 13, 2014
    10:45 p.m.

    Oh boy. Sarah is 1 for 5.

    • NotPropagandized

      May 13, 2014
      11:33 p.m.

      1 more for freedom. God bless Sarah.

  4. frank fitzsimmons

    May 13, 2014
    11:29 p.m.

    And I thought Texas was crazy!

    • bill07407

      May 14, 2014
      5:49 a.m.

      No Frank, you are crazy

      • frank fitzsimmons

        May 14, 2014
        10:29 a.m.

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

        • bill07407

          May 14, 2014
          7:21 p.m.

          You are a moronic libturd.

          • frank fitzsimmons

            May 15, 2014
            9:21 p.m.

            Brilliant retort you gene pool defect.

  5. NotPropagandized

    May 13, 2014
    11:32 p.m.

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

    • daddyoyo

      May 14, 2014
      10:58 a.m.

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

      • bill07407

        May 15, 2014
        10:55 a.m.

        Duddy yoyo wins dumbass comment of the week award

  6. Klen8888

    May 15, 2014
    1:13 a.m.

    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.

  7. Layla

    May 16, 2014
    8:59 p.m.

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

  8. Raz Matazz

    May 18, 2014
    12:49 p.m.

    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.

  9. Lister Eane

    May 24, 2014
    6:05 a.m.

    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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