Tea Party favorite Ben Sasse won the Republican nomination for an open Senate seat in Nebraska Tuesday night, after a heated and costly primary battle that drew heavy national attention.
Sasse, a university president, was able to hold off former state treasurer Shane Osborn and dark horse candidate Sid Dinsdale, who had begun to surge in recent weeks. Sasse grabbed 49 percent of the vote with Dinsdale finishing second and Osborn finishing third, according to preliminary returns.
“We were never doing this because we need another job,” Sasse told supporters Tuesday night. “We were only going to do this if we were going to talk about big, bold conservative ideas.”
Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that it would be “stressful” if he and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush became competitors in the 2016 GOP presidential primary.
“It would be stressful because I consider Jeb a friend. And he’s been a wonderful friend to me,” Christie said on his Ask the Governor radio program on Tuesday, according to CNN. “You like to run against people that you don’t like,” Christie added.
Bush began seriously considering a 2016 run for the presidency after Christie’s “Bridgegate” scandal, and both men would court the same Wall Street donors and compete for the same voters on the moderate establishment side of the presidential primary bracket.
CNN reports that Vice President Joe Biden, apparently unwilling to concede the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination to Hillary Clinton, told South Carolina Democrats that the latter years of the Bill Clinton administration were responsible for the beginning of the decline in middle-class financial security.
Attendees at the VIP Capital City Club in Columbia, S.C. asserted that Biden’s speech was largely “populist’ and intense. One listener called the speech an “Elizabeth Warren-type speech” because it targeted income inequality.
Jeb Bush’s increasingly serious and public examination of a run for president has shaken the ranks of establishment Republican donors and fund-raisers who had planned to back Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey in 2016, forcing many of them to rethink their allegiance to the embattled governor.
In private conversations that are now seeping into public view, some of them are signaling to Mr. Christie’s camp that, should Mr. Bush enter the race, their first loyalty would be to him, not to Mr. Christie, according to interviews with more than two dozen of them.