Omaha lawyer Bart McLeay is taking a page out of another Senate campaign’s playbook as he eyes the Republican primary for United States Senate next week.
McLeay says he’s enjoyed his campaign for U.S. Senate, though he has been surprised by one aspect.
“The one surprise to me, probably more than anything, is how much money plays a role in this process,” McLeay tells Nebraska Radio Network in an interview.
McLeay has raised $556,000, which is a respectable number for many raises. It pales in comparison in this race.
Midland University President Ben Sasse has compiled an impressive campaign war chest of more than $2.2 million. Former state Treasurer Shane Osborn has more than $1.6 million. Pinnacle Bancorp President Sid Dinsdale had raised closed to $1 million and just loaned his campaign another million.
McLeay touts his law and financial background during his campaign stops, saying he has the expertise to represent Nebraska in the United States Senate. McLeay notes he has been an advocate for agriculture, defending agricultural interests in court. He says though the campaign has been long and grueling, many voters are just now making up their minds.
McLeay lags in money for this intense Republican primary. Still, he isn’t discouraged or ready to concede. He says he looks to the successful campaign of Deb Fischer two years ago for encouragement.
“It just shows me that at the end, Nebraskans are going to look for that candidate that represents them well, not somebody who has a lot of money or necessarily does all the advertising.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]