|Jean Stothert (Republican)||53.3%||51,413|
|Heath Mello (Democratic)||46.7%||44,977|
Second batch of late afternoon
but thats it.
The first batch of late afternoon and evening votes:
We anticipate that the gap between Stothert and Mello will close a bit, but with most of the vote now in, he'd need to win an improbably large margin of late election day votes to overturn and that isn't happening. We will continue to update tallies throughout the evening.
Mello lost the early vote, which he should have won. There's maybe another 25-30k votes left, but it won't change that dramatically with Stothert's lead.
Stothert has won re-election.
Early Vote breakdown:
The next update- early votes- will be critical for Mello. In addition to totals above, we'll update with JUST the early vote. If he did well, he's got a chance. If not, Stothert will be declared the winner within a few updates.
While we are not tracking write-ins, stand at 57 so far. Remember- don't go off of "precincts reporting", this is the vote from this morning and early afternoon. Stothert leads 57%-43% right now. Early votes will be next.
Voters in Omaha head to the polls today (if they haven’t already cast a ballot early or via mail-in), either re-electing Jean Stothert or picking her challenger, Heath Mello.
While officially a nonpartisan position, the incumbent mayor is a Republican in an increasingly Democratic city. Omaha’s Congressional district has seen competitive contests in recent years, and voted for then-Senator Barack Obama in 2008, breaking up the electoral vote of Nebraska Hoping to boost populist and left-of-center candidates, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders endorsed and campaigned for Mello, and a review of early voting found that more registered Democrats than Republicans cast ballots.
Here is how the municipality will report its returns:
1- Election Day voting, morning through early afternoon. Could go either way, but in the first round, this was Stothert’s best burst of votes.
2- Early votes, totaling almost 23,000. This chunk should favor Mello, if it does not, Stothert is almost certainly winning re-election.
3- Election Day voting, afternoon through evening
Important to note: the election authority reports #1 and #2 as “all precincts”, so be weary of any publicized counts showing “100% reporting” until very late into the evening. We have foregone any display of “precincts in” for this reason.