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DNC Unity Tour Hits Speed Bump Over Candidate’s Abortion Record

The Democratic National Committee and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are under fire for supporting a mayoral candidate with a mixed record on abortion, highlighting divisions within the party even as the DNC seeks to mend fences with its high-profile unity tour.

The tour, which kicked off Monday, seemed to get off to a rocky start. But the biggest bump came when progressives began withdrawing support for Omaha, Nebraska mayoral candidate Heath Mello after discovering that, as a Nebraska state senator eight years ago, he supported legislation to require women to undergo an ultrasound before getting an abortion.

Former state Sen. Heath Mello speaks during a debate against incumbent Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert in Omaha, Neb. on April 14, 2017, ahead of the mayoral election, on May 9.