Rick Santorum backs Bruning in Nebraska

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“There is no question that Jon is the strongest conservative candidate to defeat Bob Kerrey in November and help Republicans take back the Senate,” Santorum said in a statement.

Last week the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed Bruning, while conservative groups like the Club for Growth and Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) Senate Conservative Fund have backed Bruning’s primary challenger, state Treasurer Don Stenberg.

The winner of the GOP primary, which also includes state Sen. Deb Fischer (R), will face former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) in the fall.

Bruning also released his April fundraising numbers on Thursday, saying he raised $176,000 between April 1 and April 25, bringing his total to $3.52 million for the cycle. Bruning said he has $1 million in cash on hand heading into the final three weeks of the campaign.

“I’m incredibly grateful to receive strong support for my candidacy,” Bruning said in a statement. “In addition to their generous financial support, Nebraskans are giving their time - making calls daily and walking precincts on my behalf. I look forward to continuing this momentum through the primary and into the general election this fall.”