A conservative political action committee founded by a Navy veteran has spent more than $100,000 on a statewide television ad for U.S. Senate candidate Shane Osborn.
The ad from Special Operations for America focuses on a 2001 incident in which Osborn landed a crippled spy plane after it collided with a Chinese fighter jet. A spokesman for the PAC said it spent in the “low six figures.” The ad will run at least six weeks statewide.
Osborn is a former Navy pilot who served as state treasurer from 2007 to 2011.
He is running against three Republicans for the Senate nomination: Midland University President Ben Sasse, Pinnacle Bank president Sid Dinsdale and Bart McLeay, an Omaha lawyer who is making his first bid for political office.
The winner will face Democrat David Domina, an Omaha lawyer.
The primary election is May 13.