National Tea Party groups quickly declared victory as the race was called.
“Ben Sasse won this race because he never stopped fighting for conservative principles,” said Matt Hoskins, executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, which spent $1.1 million on the race including coordinated contributions. “Ben Sasse will lead the fight to repeal Obamacare and enact reforms that give patients greater control over their own health care decisions. He will fight to stop wasteful taxpayer spending and balance the budget,” Hoskins added.
“Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Lee? They’ve got reinforcements coming in January,” said Jenny Beth Martin, the president of the Tea Party Patriots.
In his victory speech, however, Sasse sought to downplay the narrative of the race as a victory in a intra-Republican civil war, saying the Nebraskan voters he encountered on the campaign trail didn’t care about that.
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, praised Sasse in a statement as well. “Ben is a problem solver who will be a conservative voice in our effort to repeal ObamaCare and bring much needed fiscal sanity to the Senate,” Moran said.