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Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse on Thursday pocketed the endorsement of the fiscally conservative Club for Growth.

That expression of support paired with an earlier endorsement by the Senate Conservatives Fund appears to position Sasse on the right in a four-candidate GOP primary scrap that features four conservative candidates.

The endorsement also opens up a major avenue for campaign finance support.

"Ben Sasse is the rare candidate who can clearly and forcefully prosecute the case against Obamacare, not only because it's an unconstitutional assault on our liberty, but also because he's read every word of it," Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said.

"We need more senators like Ben Sasse who will stand on principle to challenge the big-government status quo in Washington, and his unique skill-set makes him ideal for the job."

Sasse, president of Midland University in Fremont, was assistant U.S. secretary of health and human services in the George W. Bush administration. He has centered his Senate campaign on the need to repeal President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

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In addition to tax reduction and reform, the Club for Growth supports curbs on federal spending, including a freeze on discretionary spending and legislation to rein in entitlement spending.

Other candidates in the Republican Senate race, all of whom identify themselves as fiscal conservatives, are former State Treasurer Shane Osborn, Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale and Omaha attorney Bart McLeay.

Reach Don Walton at 402-473-7248 or at dwalton@journalstar.com.

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Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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