Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale says he doesn’t know where he stands in the Republican race for United States Senate, but feels good about his campaign.
Pinnacle Bancorp President Sid Dinsdale knows he’s a political newcomer with an outsider’s shot at the Republican nomination to succeed Sen. Mike Johanns, a Republican.
“I didn’t have much name recognition getting into this deal, so we’ll just see. But, I feel very good about what we’re doing. We’re running a positive, honest campaign and we will continue to do that until May 13th,” Dinsdale tells Nebraska Radio Network in an interview.
Dinsdale says he believes his campaign is trending up. The campaign recently made another big media buy. Dinsdale says he has the money necessary to maintain a strong media profile through the primary campaign.
No public opinion polling has been released on the campaign. Dinsdale says it appears Washington insiders have anointed Midland University President Ben Sasse and former state Treasurer Shane Osborn in the race. Most political pundits speculate Sasse and Osborn lead the pack, which includes Omaha lawyer Bart McLeay; placing Dinsdale third.
Dinsdale prides himself on the fact that his campaign has raised nearly all its money from Nebraskans and has not relied on third party spending.
“There’s just a lot of people outside of Nebraska interested in who the next U.S. Senator from Nebraska is going to be,” Dinsdale says. “I’m just hoping the citizens of Nebraska will recognize, hey, we want to vote for who we want to vote for, not who we are instructed to vote for.”
Dinsdale says he hopes the Republican primary doesn’t turn ugly, stating that he knows a lot of outside groups will be willing to carry the water for candidates wishing to distance themselves from any negative campaigning.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]