United States Senate candidate Shane Osborn says he has the money he needs to win the Republican primary next month.
The Osborn campaign reports raising a total of $1.6 million, trailing only Ben Sasse among the four major Republican candidates.
Osborn says that total includes just over $600,000 for the primary election.
“You know, we get checks for $3 and $5 and $20, but I love it because those are people who are going to vote for you and they are going to tell their friends and family and that’s what this campaign has always been about is Nebraskans and putting Nebraskans first,” Osborn tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Osborn says the total will be enough to finance a winning campaign.
“We’ve run a very lean campaign, just like I ran a lean office as state Treasurer. I know how to get the most out of a dollar,” Osborn says. “As state Treasurer, I actually cut a budget. I’ve shrunk government. I cut it nearly 12%, reduced the staff 28%. It’s the same way I run a campaign. It’s the same way I will be as a United States Senator. I know how to actually shrink government.”
Ben Sasse, the Midland University president, leads the pack in fund-raising, collecting a total of $2.2 million.
Pinnacle Bank chairman Sid Dinsdale of Omaha has raised nearly $900,000.
Omaha lawyer Bart McLeay has raised $556,000.
One other Republican has filed for the office, Clifton Johnson of Ft. Calhoun.
Democrat Dave Domina, an Omaha attorney, reports raising $303,000 for his United States Senate campaign.
Larry Marvin of Fremont also has filed as a Democrat for the office.
All of the candidates hope to succeed Sen. Mike Johanns, a Republican, who has decided to retire from politics rather than run for another term.