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U.S. Senator Ben Sasse answers questions during his town hall meeting Friday, March 17, 2017, in Omaha, Neb. (Ryan Soderlin/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

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Paul Bellinger reacts to an answer U. S. Senator Ben Sasse gave during a town hall meeting Friday, March 17, 2017, in Omaha, Neb. (Ryan Soderlin/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

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In this Oct. 22 2014, file photo, then-Nebraska Republican Senate candidate, now Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. speaks in Lincoln, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

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"Not too long ago many were singing the praises of Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse, who won his primary in the Cornhusker State. Now, after Tuesday, the sentiment is that the tea party isn't an influencer and irrelevant," says author and former Florida congressman Allen West, a Republican. (Associated Press)

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Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse speaks at a Republican unity rally in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, May 14, 2014. With Sasse, tea party groups figured out the riddle of electing one of their own in 2014: Claim a Republican as a member of the tribe, even if he insists on talking about solutions and not just grievances. (AP Photo)

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Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse speaks at a Republican unity rally in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, May 14, 2014. With Sasse, tea party groups figured out the riddle of electing one of their own in 2014: Claim a Republican as a member of the tribe, even if he insists on talking about solutions and not just grievances. (AP Photo)

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FILE - This July 13, 2010 file photo shows Nebraska Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse in Fremont, Neb. The tea party challenges the Republican establishment in a Nebraska Senate primary showdown that’s suddenly more compelling with a surging third candidate. Outside conservative groups have pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into Nebraska and the right’s heroes Sarah Palin and Sen. Ted Cruz have rallied behind Ben Sasse, the president of Midland University. Sasse is locked in an increasingly negative three-way race with former state treasurer Shane Osborn. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

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Midland University president and Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse is pictured on campus in this photo from June 5, 2013, in Fremont, Neb. The Senate Conservatives Fund, a national conservative group, has endorsed Sasse in Nebraska's U.S. Senate race on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, setting him up as the race's tea party candidate. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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Midland University president and Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse is pictured on campus in this photo from June 5, 2013, in Fremont, Neb. The Senate Conservatives Fund, a national conservative group, has endorsed Sasse in Nebraska's U.S. Senate race on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, setting him up as the race's tea party candidate. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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In this March 11, 2014, photo Republican-backed Senate candidate Shane Osborn, right, and tea-party backed Ben Sasse, left, leave the stage after a debate in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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In this March 11, 2014, photo Republican-backed Senate candidate Shane Osborn, right, and tea-party backed Ben Sasse, left, leave the stage after a debate in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)