LINCOLN, Neb. — Before the primary election, Republican Senate nominee Ben Sasse’s opponents made a last-ditch effort to question his stance on immigration, but their hits made nary a dent as he cruised to victory, garnering more than twice as many votes as the runner-up.

Before the primary, Sasse said he opposed amnesty and a pathway to citizenship. He blamed the Obama administration for paying lip service to illegal immigration when its real goal is to turn Texas into a “blue or purple state.”

But some conservatives were suspicious because he accepted $2,600 from pro-amnesty businessman Mike Simmonds – the maximum he could give before the primary. In the past, Simmonds had said he wouldn’t support candidates who score political points on the backs of Hispanics or oppose granting complete amnesty to those who came here illegally — although he supported securing the border.