In the race to replace outgoing Senator Mike Johanns, the Republican primary in Nebraska has received significant media coverage and inspired a vigorous campaign season among the three top contenders. In the end, however, it was the decidedly conservative Ben Sasse who came away with not only a win but more than twice as many votes as his closest challenger.
Receiving only 21 percent of the vote was third-place finisher Shane Osborn, who seemed to be the establishment’s pick and had the support of several key allies of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Sid Dinsdale came in second after a recent surge in support, though he finished with just 22 percent of the vote.
“We were never doing this because we need another job,” the Midland University president said of his campaign. “We were only going to do this if we were going to talk about big, bold conservative ideas.”
As polling shows conservative voters are less enthusiastic about the 2014 midterm elections than they were during the Tea Party uprising of 2010, Sasse’s victory is seen in many circles as a promising sign. After the defeat of conservative candidates already in a few state elections this year, Sasse supporters are rallying around the likely general election winner.
The Senate Conservatives Fund allocated more than $1.2 million to support Sasse and, according to Executive Director Matt Hoskins, the win proves how voters respond to an ethical and honest candidate.
“Ben Sasse won this race because he never stopped fighting for conservative principles,” Hoskins explained.
Sen. Ted Cruz who, along with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, added their names to Sasse’s list of supporters in recent weeks, said the win “is a clear indication that the grassroots are rising up to make D.C. listen.”
Of course, this is just one win; and while encouraging for his supporters, Tea Party favorites face an uphill battle in primary races across the nation. As Fox News reported, conservatives hoping to take out establishment Republicans in Kentucky, Kansas, Idaho, and Mississippi are facing overwhelming odds as Election Day approaches.
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