8:49 AM, Apr 15, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
An excerpt from Bill Kristol's weekly newsletter:
"One private poll I was shown (now however more than a week old), had the Nebraska Senate race between former state treasurer Shane Osborn and Midland University president Ben Sasse even, with the other candidates far behind. Osborn, having previously been elected statewide, began the race with a huge name ID advantage. The fact that Sasse has caught him suggests Sasse has the momentum and is now the favorite (and I gather that subsequent polling shows him pulling ahead). Osborn's campaign has, as a result, unleashed a wave of negative phone calls (of dubious veracity) about Sasse. These could slow his momentum—but Sasse probably has enough money to counteract them and continue to tell his story. Both are impressive candidates—young (Osborn is 39, Sasse 41), conservative, with interesting life experiences—and either would be a fine addition to the Republican Senate conference. But Sasse's distinctive potential to be an intellectual champion in the fight against Obamacare and a legislative leader in developing a conservative reform agenda may well carry the day.
"In the governor's race, too, it looks as if the outsider candidate may beat the candidate who's held elective office before. When Jon Bruning, who's been Nebraska's attorney general for over a decade, entered the race a couple of months ago, he immediately surged to the lead. But now Pete Ricketts, a businessman running as a candidate of change and bringing sound private sector practices to government, has moved slightly ahead (31-27 in the poll I saw), with the other candidates in the 8 to 12 percent range. And I gather the momentum has stayed over the past week with Ricketts, helped in part by a Sarah Palin endorsement. Anything could happen in the six-way race, and the trailing candidates all hope to replicate the achievement of Deb Fischer in 2012, when the two leading candidates (one of whom was Bruning) beat each other up and she surged late from third place to first. But the odds seems to favor Ricketts, who has run a disciplined campaign. He and Sasse seem to embody what GOP primary voters may turn out to want this year—outsiders who are qualified, conservatives who aren't crazy.
"The primary election is May 13 (and there's no runoff—a plurality wins)."
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Poll shows Nebraska senate race is a dead heat. 9:19 AM, Apr 9, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse has been declared "Obamacare's Nebraska Nemesis," and in a new ad Sasse explains why he's personally invested in repealing the law. In 2007, his wife Melissa had an aneurysm followed by an arduous recovery, which left his family with $160,000 in medical bills. Sasse ended up waging a months-long battle against the health insurance system, and Sasse is convinced Obamacare will only make these problems worse:
5:19 PM, Mar 28, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
In a surprising move, the influential Tea Party group FreedomWorks has withdrawn its endorsement of former Nebraska state treasurer Shane Osborn and is now endorsing former Bush administration official and Midland College president Ben Sasse in the GOP Senate primary. According to a statement from Freedomworks president Matt Kibbe:
1:02 PM, Mar 23, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The Omaha World-Herald has two big stories up today that might impact the hotly contested Nebraska Republican Senate primary between former Bush administration official and Midland College president Ben Sasse and former state treasurer Shane Osborn.
11:25 AM, Mar 14, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
In the latest issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD, which went online early this morning, I have an article about the Nebraska Senate race. In a nutshell, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is trying to give a boost to one of the candidates due to some disagreements with outside conservative groups. This is problematic because there are two solid candidates in the race and it's an open primary -- and voters tend to resent meddling by the national party.
The powers behind the Nebraska Republican primary. Mar 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 27 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The National Republican Senatorial Committee is mad as hell, and it’s not going to take it anymore. This is the third election cycle in a row where incumbent Republicans and the NRSC’s hand-picked candidates have faced stiff primary challenges funded by Tea Party groups. No less than Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell is being primaried, and he’s made it clear what he plans to do to groups going after the national GOP.
9:20 AM, Mar 5, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Mike Lee, perhaps the United States Senate’s leading voice for a conservative reform agenda, has now endorsed Ben Sasse in Nebraska’s Senate race. Lee declared, “Nebraskans need Ben Sasse to represent their values, reformers in the Senate need his conservative vote, our country needs his voice.” Lee added that Sasse is “a strong constitutional conservative who understands the proper role of government” and who “also recognizes that we must run and win on the power of our positive ideas.”
11:22 AM, Feb 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Tom Coburn, the retiring Republican senator from Oklahoma and an influential conservative, endorsed Ben Sasse in the GOP Senate primary in Nebraska. Roll Call has the story:
5:14 PM, Feb 5, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
There hasn't been a lot of polling in the Nebraska Republican Senate primary so far, though the four way contest to succeed retiring senator Mike Johanns has been heating up. Today, ConservativeIntel released its poll of Nebraska showing that Shane Osborn and Ben Sasse are in a dead heat:
8:01 AM, Feb 3, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
There are a lot of Republican politicians who ostensibly favor the repeal of Obamacare. But there are a lot fewer who give the impression of having the ability and determination to lead the way in bringing about that nation-defining result.
'We want everybody; we want to grow the conservative movement.'11:33 AM, Nov 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Ben Sasse is doing what few Republicans have been able to accomplish: He's uniting the GOP establishment with anti-establishment conservatives in his bid to become the next U.S. senator from Nebraska.
5:53 PM, Oct 10, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
While Republicans in the nation’s capital try to decide whether or not they’re committed to beating back Obamacare, a Republican Senate candidate from Nebraska is making his opposition to Obamacare the clear centerpiece of his campaign. During a speech earlier this week that officially launched his candidacy, Ben Sasse argued that we need to repeal not only Obamacare but also the “Obamacare worldview.”
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