DeRay McKesson Wins 2 Percent Vote In Baltimore Mayoral Primary Race
Prominent Black Lives Matter activist, DeRay McKesson, was the last candidate to join Baltimore’s mayoral race this past February. Some viewed it as an example of someone trying to be the change they want to see. Others were more suspicious of both his qualifications and the campaign’s intentions.
McKesson was attempting to translate a large social media presence and experience with public activism into a run in local politics. But after all of the votes were counted in Baltimore’s mayoral primary election, McKesson walked away with just over 3,000 votes, which only adds up to about 2 percent and landed him in sixth place.
McKesson took the opportunity to thank his supporters in an email, according to the Baltimore Sun.
“While we did not win tonight, what we did was very important, and I want you to be as proud of our work together as I am,” Mckesson said in the statement. “We did something very special, and it sets the table for what else is possible.”
McKesson was originally only expected to claim less than one percent of the vote. So he still exceeded the expectations of political strategists. However, he fell far short of his original plan of getting 30,000 votes.
The Democratic party’s nomination was awarded to state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh after she won 37 percent of the vote. Former Mayor Sheila Dixon came in second with 34 percent.
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