Outside money plays a role in U.S. Senate race

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Updated: Wed, 14 May 2014 05:17:38 CST

Nearly 8.5 million dollars was spent on advertising for the U.S. Senate race. 3 million of that was outside money.

Ben Sasse profited the most from those outside funds, with 1.4 million dollars towards his campaign and nearly 300,000 spent in attack ads towards other candidates.

Two years ago, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer also benefited from outside money during her campaign. In 2012, she won the GOP primary after outside groups ran a slew of attack ads against her opponents Jon Bruning and Don Stenberg.

She won that primary election in the 11th hour. She said she's pleased to see Ben Sasse advance to the general election.
"I'm looking forward to working with Ben Sasse when he is elected in November to come to the United States Senate. We have great candidates, they were out there talking about issues they traveled the state of Nebraska so I congratulate them all and I really want to make a point of thanking all of the candidates. I thank everybody who really has the courage to step up and put their name on the ballot."