(100% precincts reporting 1:45 a.m.)
RICKETTS 26.48% BRUNING 25.49%
BEN SASSE 49.36% SID DINSDALE 22.39% OSBORN 21.06%
“Eight months ago, I askedyou all to join my campaign. Tonight, I’m asking you to join it once more,” Ricketts said. “Join this campaign, and we can move Nebraska forward together.”
The winner of the Republican primary will emerge as a heavy favorite in the November general election. Read more
Ricketts 26.27 % Bruning 25.57% (85.79% precincts reporting at 12:35 a.m.)
Slight lead Ricketts 26.11% – 25.71% Bruning at 11:46 p.m.
BREAKING (10:00 p.m.) BEN SASSE WINS PRIMARY
By Isabel Matos
Sarah Palin tweeted and posted a reminder for us on her Facebook Timeline today: Ben Sasse is the sharpest, most energetic and prepared candidate in this extremely important race. Ben provides THE conservative voice with sensible, successful ideas in the #nesen race. It’s so admirable that this good man has run a positive campaign. How refreshing that he’s not running against anyone, but running for something – and it’s the “thing” Nebraska and all of America needs and deserves! Ben is the worthy candidate with solid conservative principles forming his platform to defend you, the good people of Nebraska. He’s got the guts and the smarts to take back power from Washington and restore it to We the People. Please get friends, family, and all concerned voters to join you tomorrow, May 13th, to send Ben Sasse to serve our exceptional nation as your next U.S. Senator! America will be so grateful. – Sarah Palin
A lot of pundits and newspapers have been downplaying or dismissing Sarah’s influence in the surge we see in each of the candidates’ races where she has made endorsements. What’s new. At the end of the day it will be undeniable she chose among the candidates out there the ones she thought would best represent us best and GOP will have claimed few victories. Ben Sasse has a comfortable lead of 14 points on the eve of the primary. To help Ben BenforNebraska.com
Here is Ben in his own words:
Ben Sasse and Part 1 of Pete Ricketts with Kevin Scholla
From the Cornhusker state, Senatorial candidate Ben Sasse joins Kevin Scholla from MamaGrizzRadio (new outlet) on this Network, like Mama Grizzly Radio on Facebook and Mama Grizzly Radio on Twitter. I have transcribed most, not every word of what was said:
Scholla: You (Sasse) are known as the “ObamaCare Nemesis”…
Sasse: ObamaCare is an unconstitutional world view. He he was on the cover of Nebraska Review who used that term and says “we’re going to keep fighting”.
Scholla: People say the ship has sailed. Ted Cruz has been left hung out to dry by so many on the Republican side. You believe it can be turned around.
Sasse: It’s fundamentally an unimplementable law. You can’t take over 18% of GDP by writing a 2300 page piece of legislation that they passed without reading, and then adding over 22,000 pages of implementing regulations. They say don’t you people see this is a “set of laws”? But this is a law that has been rewritten 13 times in the executive branch to directly contradict the written text of the legislation. There is no such thing as ObamaCare. There’s a constantly moving target that the Obama Administration makes up as they go along so we have to repeal it.
Scholla: Governor Palin got behind your campaign early. She has campaigned for you.
Sasse: It was wonderful for Governor Palin to be with us in our recent rally in North Platte, cattle country in Southwestern Nebraska. It was the biggest political event they had since 1987 when President Reagan was there. Governor Kay Orr of Nebraska hosted the rally. Governor Palin Senator Lee and Ted Cruz all came to rally with us. It was a 60 degree day in the Spring. Ranchers took time off. It was great. 1000 people showed up at a midday, midweek rally which shows the great momentum we have right now.
Scholla: Gov. Palin calls you a proven problem solver. She highlights how you turned things around at Midland University. How would you use those skills in D.C.?
Sasse: Midland was 130 year old college that has been changing kids’ lives but forgot how to pay bills and was looking at bankruptcy 5 years ago. Two-part strategy: tell the truth when something’s not working. That was almost everything. We had 45 majors and minors at the time with 84% students majoring in 7 departments, so 38 departments that were academically not viable. Number two, we put in place a four year graduation guarantee. The average time to graduate was 5 1/2 years. Parents were getting charged extra for tion. We rebuilt the school.
Scholla: You call out Republicans who are failing. It’s not just about party but about country.
Sasse: We have too many Republicans who want our government to be in charge. Our crisis in Washington isn’t just Democrats wanting Washington to be in charge but we have too many Republicans who want Washington to be in charge. Lobbyists. Having kids makes him want to sacrifice to have them the chances that he had. He is pro-life. For religious liberty and pro-second amendment. The interview with Pete Ricketts Part 2 is at the bottom of the page.
SARAH PALIN AND TED CRUZ ENDORSE PETE RICKETTS
This was Sarah’s post today on her timeline.Hello, Nebraska! The choice tomorrow in the #negov race is clear – more politics as usual or new growth resulting from successful conservative action! All over America hard workers realize the status quo has got to go. Please elect new energy for your spectacular state! Pete Ricketts has my support because he’s a man of good character and intelligence with such admirable commitment to Nebraskans. Pete will bring real world solutions, strong business acumen, and a passion for all corners of the Cornhusker state with him to serve you in Lincoln. He will be a great governor as Nebraska shows the rest of the country how commonsense conservatism WORKS to empower the people as it lifts everyone up! Please vote tomorrow – Tuesday, May 13th – and encourage others to also vote for Pete Ricketts for Governor! – Sarah Palin
This was Ted Cruz’s post on May 9th Kevin Scholla makes a good point about Sarah Palin endorsing Pete Ricketts for Governor. She’s been there. She knows what it takes. Ricketts is thrilled to have her endorsement and says he and his family are enjoying the campaign very much. To help out, go to www.petericketts.com
Pete Ricketts with Kevin Scholla Part 2