Heath Mello has lost. Results from WOWT:
|Jean Stothert (R)||51,413||
|Heath Mello (D)||44,977||
Turnout was around 33%, there are 282,290 registered voters in Omaha, 35% of them are Republican, 41% Democrats.
The race received a lot of national attention with Planned Parenthood and NARAL lambasting Mello, Tom Perez backing off from supporting Mello, and Daily Kos pulling its endorsement. There were also a number of local transport issues that may have affected the race:
Nebraska Democrats are raising questions about Mayor Jean Stothert’s decision to announce a budget issue at a campaign press conference. Earlier this week, Stothert announced at her campaign headquarters that she planned to add $5 million for street resurfacing to the budget, mostly to be spent this year. — www.omaha.com/…
Just a few months ago, Mayor Jean Stothert and challenger Heath Mello were enthusiastic proponents of a new streetcar. Now, Mello says he wants to “press pause,” and Stothert is heavily promoting her promise to put the project to a public vote, if it moves forward. The streetcar proposal has been the subject of a vigorous back and forth, at debates and on the airwaves. But both candidates remain personally supportive of the concept of a streetcar, and they agree that the public should make the final decision. The real subject of the disagreement is the process they would use to solicit public engagement. — www.omaha.com/…