Republican incumbent Jean Stohert was reelected as mayor of Omaha, Nebraska Tuesday, defeating her anti-abortion Democratic rival Heath Mello, with 53 percent of the vote compared to Mello’s 46 percent, the Gateway Pundit reports.
In her victory speech, Stohert said, “To the community I love, thank you for rehiring me. I’ll work harder than ever to make you proud of our work.”
Moderate Democrats had cast Mello as a next-generation Democrat who could grab a high-profile seat in red state Nebraska.
However, abortion rights groups decried the party’s endorsement of the Catholic Mello.
The pressure led Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez to back-track, urging all Democrats to back abortion rights and he even skipped a rally for his party’s candidate last month.
Moderates Democrats especially those with anti-abortion views felt Perez’s comments were damaging to Mello’s mayoral bid.
Mello did get the support of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during the campaign, in which the former presidential candidate called on voters to change Nebraska’s “one-party rule.”