Anti-Abortion Democrat Candidate Defeated in Election for Mayor of Omaha

Heath Mello, a rare Democrat on the national stage who is opposed to abortion, was defeated by incumbent Jean Stothert, a Republican, in Tuesday’s election for Mayor of Omaha, Nebraska, striking a blow to the hopes of the few remaining moderates in the party of FDR, JFK, and LBJ that a candidate who is not far left can generate support from the base.

With wife Catherine by his side, Democratic mayoral candidate Heath Mello concedes the election to the incumbent, Republican Omaha mayor Jean Stothert, in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, May 9, 2017. The race has drawn national attention as Democrats seek new energy given huge Republican gains in local, state and federal offices …