Santorum Throws Weight Behind Nebraska Senate Candidate

Just over three weeks ago Rick Santorum’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination ended, but that hasn’t stopped him from handing out a few endorsements, this time to Nebraska’s Attorney General Jon Bruning.

Bruning is running for a seat vacated by incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Ben Nelson, who is retiring at the end of this year rather than seek a third term. The race is considered to be the most likely seat pick-up for Republicans nationwide. The primary is scheduled for May 15.

Although there are five other contenders for the nomination, only two of his opponents — State Treasurer Don Stenberg and State Senator Deb Fischer — are polling in double digits. Bruning leads them all with 46 percent of the vote.

Bruning’s likely opponent, Bob Kerrey, is a former U.S. senator who trails Bruning by 17 points in recent polls.

Santorum pointed to Bruning’s “unapologetic” pro-life views, small government mentality and a record of fighting against Obamacare as reasons for his support.

“Jon Bruning is…the strongest conservative candidate to defeat Bob Kerrey in November and help Republicans take back the Senate,” he said.

As a nominee, Santorum performed well in midwestern primaries. Of the five states bordering Nebraska that have held primaries, he won four (Wyoming’s strong Mormon population boosted Romney, and South Dakota hasn’t yet gone to the polls).

Santorum made another endorsement two weeks ago for Pa. House district 92 candidate Williams Sieg. District 92 is based in Dillsburg, but also encompasses southern Cumberland and northern York counties.

And Santorum intends to remain in the spotlight a little while longer. The former Senator is to meet with presumptive nominee Mitt Romney in Pittsburgh tomorrow, shortly before Romney is set to make an appearance with supporters at Sauereisen, a Fox Chapel company that manufactures corrosion-resistant construction materials.

May 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Presidential, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “Santorum Throws Weight Behind Nebraska Senate Candidate”

  1. Jack Rabbit says:

    who cares what Tricky Ricky has to say he is a Loser

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