Tea Party Favorite Runs a Campus While Running for Senate

Tea Party Favorite Runs a Campus While Running for Senate 1

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Benjamin E. Sasse is president of Midland University, in Nebraska, and one of four contenders for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat coming open next year. The university expects to name an interim president before the May 13 primary, but for now, Mr. Sasse is keeping his day job.

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Benjamin E. Sasse is president of Midland University, in Nebraska, and one of four contenders for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat coming open next year. The university expects to name an interim president before the May 13 primary, but for now, Mr. Sasse is keeping his day job.

Benjamin E. Sasse is just the sort of guy you'd expect to run for high office someday, but the Midland University president's decision to do so now invites all sorts of headaches for his campus.

The 41-year-old leader of Midland, a liberal-arts college in Fremont, Neb., that is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is now a Tea Party favorite in the race for a U.S. Senate seat in Nebraska.

His candidacy in the May 2014 primary has brought attention and