Omaha voters give Mayor Stothert a landslide victory in the primary

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Mayor Jean Stothert has full speed ahead after the primaries on Tuesday evening showed that she won by a landslide victory.

Stothert started the evening with a phenomenal lead in the preliminary results, which were released shortly after the polls ended on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The victory prepares her to write city history again by getting one step closer to winning a third term in office.

According to the results released late Tuesday, RJ Neary appears poised to take over as mayor in the May general election and get 15% of the vote in early postings. Jasmine Harris was not far behind with 13% of the vote; Kimara Snipes and Mark Gudgel had 8% and 5%, respectively.

In city council races across Omaha, results have been tight in some districts. All seven seats are occupied, and the two best candidates are entering the May election.

In Dist. 1, incumbent Pete Festersen won 56% of the vote, Sarah Johnson 23%, Tyeisha Kosmicki 15% and Paul Anderson 6%.

In Dist. 2, seated councilor Ben Gray led with 40% of the vote. Two challengers were in a tight race for second place, with Juanita Johnson winning 22% of the vote and Jonathan C. Lathan 21%. Controversial candidate David Mitchell had 8% of the district’s early vote and Steven Abraham 5%.

In Dist. 3 four candidates fought for the successor of council member Chris Jerram, who did not stand for re-election. At the top was Danny Begley with 40% of the vote, Cammy Watkins with 35% in the first counts. Gilbert Ayala had 13% of the vote, closely followed by Jen Bauer with 12%.

In Dist. 4, incumbent Vinny Palermo was firmly in the lead with 48% of the vote. Becky Barrientos-Patlan came second with 23% of the vote. Sarah Smolen and Ben Casse both showed 14%.

In Dist. 5, vacated by Rich Pahls when voters sent him unicameral in November, five candidates are vying for that seat on the council, and it’s a pretty close race. Don Rowe led with 21%, followed by Kathleen R. Kauth and Patrick Leahy with 19% each. Jeff Moore and Colleen Brennan took third place with 13%.

In Dist. 6, incumbent Brinker Harding appeared ready to retain his seat on the council with 64% of the vote. Contender Naomi Hattaway came in at 36% on early returns.

In Dist. 7, the race between reigning Aimee Melton and challenger Sara Kohen was nearly cut in half when the first results were released. By the end of the night, Melton was ahead with 52% to 48%.

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