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Democrat Jim Suttle won a small but clear victory over Republican Hal Daub, a former mayor, in the Omaha mayoral race last night. The Omaha World-Herald has the details:
Suttle triumphed in an election that drew 31 percent of Omaha's registered voters to the polls, as
was predicted by Douglas County election officials. He is now the second-highest-ranking Democrat in Nebraska, behind U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson.
Suttle's victory was another notch in Nebraska Democrat's belts. It follows last year's historic election in which Democrat Barack Obama won an electoral vote in the Omaha-based 2nd Congressional District. "The demographics of Omaha have changed," crowed Barry Rubin, a former Nebraska Democratic Party official.
Republicans praised Daub for his tenacity, but several acknowledged that the vote was as much a vote against a Daub comeback as it was a vote for Suttle.
Democrats also won a majority of seats on the Omaha City Council. The Omaha mayoral result means the Democrats and Republicans split the two major partisan showdowns in this month's mayoral elections. Republican Dan Sullivan won the Anchorage mayoral race last week.
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