Tim Ryan

In Omaha mayoral race, Democrats split on supporting pro-life candidate

In Omaha mayoral race, Democrats split on supporting pro-life candidate

Democrats desperate for fresh faces cast 37-year-old Heath Mello as a pragmatic, next-generation leader who could win in the Nebraska heartland. Yet his anti-abortion stance has become a flashpoint for the national party.

If Mello prevails on Tuesday in his bid for Omaha mayor, it's a promising sign, he says, for a candidate "with a proven record of working bipartisan and tackling some big issues and, yes, to some extent, is a pro-life Catholic Democrat." He is challenging Republican incumbent Jean Stothert.

Mello's bid has exposed the cultural divisions within the party over the decades-old issue of abortion, and proved a major embarrassment for the new party...

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