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Ben Sasse at a rally in North Platte in January.
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Kay Orr

A heated Republican race for the U.S. Senate will bring conservative leaders Sarah Palin and Sen. Mike Lee to North Platte April 25 to support Ben Sasse.

Sasse, 41, one of four credible Republicans running for the seat, is thought to be neck and neck with Shane Osborn for the lead. Osborn is a heroic military pilot and former Nebraska State Treasurer.

The Sasse (pronounced sass) rally will be held at Buffalo Bill Cody’s Ranch, his campaign manager Tyler Grassmeyer announced Thursday. The outdoor rally will start at 10 a.m.

Former Gov. Kay Orr will join the rally. In the announcement, Orr noted that she hosted former President Ronald Reagan at the Buffalo Bill Ranch in 1987.

“I am grateful to have the support of such strong conservative voices,” Sasse said. “Heading into the home stretch I am honored to welcome Gov. Palin and Sen. Lee to Nebraska.”

Lee, 41, represents Utah in the U.S. Senate. He was elected in 2010.

Palin, Lee and Orr all previously endorsed Sasse for the seat.

Sasse is running against easygoing Pinnacle banker Sid Dinsdale and personable Omaha attorney Bart McClay, besides Osborn -- comprising an exceptionally strong slate of candidates.

Last fall, Osborn held the lead in the race, capitalizing on his heroics as a Navy pilot who was captured in China in 2001, as well as recognition for running a sound state treasurer’s office from 2006-10.

But Sasse, who is the president of Midland University in Fremont, has come on strong, picking up key endorsements at home and nationally.

Sasse reported April 16 that he has raised total campaign funds of $2.2 million, with $766,481 of that from Nebraska.

Osborn has reportedly raised nearly $500,000 in Nebraska.

Independent Jim Jenkins and Democrat Dave Domina are also seeking the seat and will take on the Republican winner in the November election. The Senate seat will be vacated at year’s end by Sen. Mike Johanns, who is retiring.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/17/2014
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