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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)

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In this March 12, 2014 photo tea party-backed Nebraska Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse campaigns in Elmwood, Neb. The heavy outside influence in Nebraska's race between Sasse and GOP-backed Shane Osborn is a change from previous elections, when party leaders largely left the choice to voters. But the ugly jousting in Congress between party powerbrokers and right-wing insurgents, and the party’s losses in 2012, ended that practice. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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In this March 12, 2014 photo Nebraska Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse laughs on the campaign trail in Elmwood, Neb. Nebraska is a new front in the bitter national struggle inside the Republican Party between established leaders determined to maintain control and right-wing insurgents trying to change the party’s direction. Party powerbrokers including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are quietly backing Shane Osborn, Sasse's opponent, and steering donors his way. Sasse has received more than twice as much as Osborn from a group trying to unseat McConnell, plus support from some prominent tea-party figures. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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In this March 12, 2014 photo Nebraska Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse, the president of Midland University, campaigns in Elmwood, Neb. Nebraska, home of nice-guy politics, is a new front in the bitter national struggle inside the Republican Party between established leaders determined to maintain control and right-wing insurgents trying to change the party’s direction. Tea party groups are endorsing Sasse and party powerbrokers including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his allies are quietly backing his opponent, Shane Osborn, and steering the majority leader’s donors his way. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)