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Eleven current and former state senators, led by Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha and Sen. John Murante of Gretna, on Wednesday endorsed Shane Osborn for the 2014 Republican Senate nomination.

"We need a strong leader like Shane Osborn to take our Nebraska values to Washington and get the country back on track," Lautenbaugh said.

"We don't need another Washington insider who will speak in platitudes," he said. "We need a fighter with a record of cutting budgets and shrinking government."

Lautenbaugh's statement appeared to be aimed at Ben Sasse, a Republican Senate candidate who was assistant U.S. secretary of health and human services in the George W. Bush administration.

Osborn is Nebraska's former state treasurer.

Other state senators endorsing Osborn were Colby Coash of Lincoln, Bill Kintner of Papillion, Scott Price of Bellevue, Rich Pahls of Omaha, Jim Scheer of Norfolk and Ken Schilz of Ogallala.

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Former state Sen. Ray Aguilar of Grand Island will serve as Osborn's adviser for Hispanic outreach.

Other candidates in the Republican Senate race are Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale and Omaha attorney Bart McLeay.

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

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