Former Nebraska Treasurer Shane Osborn, who is running in a competitive GOP Senate primary, launched his first TV ad Monday.
With less than two months to go before the May 13 primary, Osborn is running a biographical ad that reaches back to an international incident he was involved in as a Naval aviator. It will be a two-week, $80,000 buy, according to an Osborn source, but Nebraska is a relatively cheap media market and Osborn's advertising is expected to increase.
Osborn is one of several veterans who are using their military biographies to make their case for public office.
Meanwhile, the Legacy Foundation Action Fund, a conservative issue group, spent about $325,000 last week on positive advertising for Osborn's primary rival, Midland University President Ben Sasse, per Federal Election Commission records .
Both men are set to face banker Sid Dinsdale and attorney Bart McLeay in the crowded primary, which will almost certainly decide the next senator from this solidly Republican state.
The race is rated Safe Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. This is a race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Mike Johanns.