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(Neb)-Omaha Mayoral Race Showing National Democratic Party Split

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/08/2017 11:55 PM
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Tuesday is election day in Omaha with the runoff for mayor between incumbent Republican Jean Stothert and former state senator Heath Mello, a Democrat.

       The 37-year old Mello is seen as a future statewide candidates for the Democrats, who hold no statewide or congressional offices.

       He's portrayed as a pragmatic, next generation leader but his anti-abortion stance has become a flashpoint for the national party...exposing cultural divisions among Democrats over abortion and proving a major embarrassment for the new party chairman, Tom Perez.

      Perez and other top national Democrats had planned a stop in Omaha at a rally for Mello, but abortion rights groups were outraged and Perez cancelled the stop. Still, Mello still has the endorsement of U-S Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.


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