Rick Santorum Endorses Ben Sasse in Nebraska Senate Race

The Cornhusker State Republican has earned the support of most conservative groups.

Jan. 7th, 2012 - Manchester, NH - Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.
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Alex Roarty
May 7, 2014, 6:11 a.m.

Former pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate Rick San­tor­um on Wed­nes­day will en­dorse Re­pub­lic­an Ben Sas­se for Neb­raska’s Sen­ate seat, Na­tion­al Journ­al has learned, yet an­oth­er high-pro­file en­dorse­ment for the Cornhusk­er State con­ser­vat­ive ahead of his com­pet­it­ive primary.

San­tor­um, who fin­ished second to Mitt Rom­ney in 2012’s GOP pres­id­en­tial primary, is par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar with so­cial con­ser­vat­ives, and in his en­dorse­ment, he touted Sas­se’s strict op­pos­i­tion to abor­tion rights.

“Ben Sas­se will be a fight­er on life is­sues and on is­sues that sup­port our fam­il­ies,” San­tor­um said in a state­ment. “Ben Sas­se says he will be a ‘cham­pi­on for the un­born,’ and I be­lieve him. With Ben’s lead­er­ship on pro-life is­sues and his fam­ily’s long his­tory of in­volve­ment in the pro-life cause, I know Ben will make the pro-life fight a cent­ral part of his Sen­ate ten­ure on day one.”

Sas­se faces former state Treas­urer Shane Os­borne and bank Pres­id­ent Sid Dinsdale in what has be­come a de facto three-man race for the state’s GOP nom­in­a­tion. Sas­se has been boos­ted by the sup­port of most con­ser­vat­ive groups, such as the Club for Growth, the Sen­ate Con­ser­vat­ives Fund, and Freedom­Works, mak­ing him the front-run­ner in a race that’s nev­er­the­less ex­pec­ted to be very close. Neb­raska’s primary is May 13.