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The Latest: Nebraska Sen. Sasse kicks off re-election bid

August 6, 2019
FILE--In this Nov. 2, 2018, file photo, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., speaks during a Nebraska Republican Party Get Out The Vote rally tour stop in Omaha, Neb. Sasse will surround himself with many of the state's top Republicans on for a likely announcement that he'll seek a second term, despite angering some party activists with his repeated criticism of President Donald Trump. Sasse was set to appear in Omaha for a "special announcement" Monday evening alongside fellow Republican office-holders, including Gov. Pete Ricketts and members of Nebraska's all-Republican congressional delegation. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
FILE--In this Nov. 2, 2018, file photo, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., speaks during a Nebraska Republican Party Get Out The Vote rally tour stop in Omaha, Neb. Sasse will surround himself with many of the state's top Republicans on for a likely announcement that he'll seek a second term, despite angering some party activists with his repeated criticism of President Donald Trump. Sasse was set to appear in Omaha for a "special announcement" Monday evening alongside fellow Republican office-holders, including Gov. Pete Ricketts and members of Nebraska's all-Republican congressional delegation. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse running for re-election (all times local):

7:10 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska has kicked off his re-election campaign surrounded by top Republicans who vouched for the first-term lawmaker as best candidate in the deeply conservative state.

Sasse announced his 2020 campaign bid Monday, saying he’ll work to minimize the role of Washington in Nebraska residents’ lives and support President Donald Trump’s “really great judicial nominees.”

The event follows news last week that Sasse could face a primary challenge from Matt Innis, a Lincoln-based GOP activist and former chairman of the Lancaster County Republican Party. Innis, a Trump supporter, announced his candidacy last week and blasted Sasse for his past statements criticizing the president.

Sasse also scored endorsements from high-profile Nebraska Republicans, including Gov. Pete Ricketts and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert.

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4:55 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska will surround himself with many of the state’s top Republicans on for a likely announcement that he’ll seek a second term, despite angering some party activists with his repeated criticism of President Donald Trump.

Sasse was set to appear in Omaha for a “special announcement” Monday evening alongside fellow Republican office-holders, including Gov. Pete Ricketts and members of Nebraska’s all-Republican congressional delegation.

The event follows news last week that Sasse could face a primary challenge from Matt Innis, a Lincoln-based GOP activist and former chairman of the Lancaster County Republican Party. Innis, a Trump supporter, announced his candidacy last week and blasted Sasse for his statements criticizing the president.

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