Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson wins just 2.5 percent of vote Baltimore mayoral primary

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Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson only won 3,008 votes, for just 2.5% of the vote, in the primary vote for mayor of Baltimore. However, he continued to tell supporters that he feels his campaign was able to accomplish much.

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In an email to supporters, Mckesson said that he was proud of his campaign and said that they had “challenged the status quo of Baltimore’s politics.”

“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. “We did something very special, and it sets the table for what else is possible.”

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Over the last 30 days of the campaign, Mckesson targeted around 30,000 voters and was still working to win over supporters at polling stations and elsewhere on Election Day. The activist, who has a huge following on Twitter and has been praised by the likes of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, entered the race with an eye toward drawing attention to important issues after he became the last of 13 Democratic candidates who entered the race for mayor in February.

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State Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, who finished with 37 percent of the vote, won the primary election.