Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay Mckesson Gets Less Than 1% in Baltimore Mayoral Poll

Deray McKesson, an avid protestor and frontline activist, is seen in St. Louis, Missouri on August 7, 2015. McKesson is one of the most vocal activists since the Ferguson shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. in August 2014. The seemingly endless stream of videos and stories showing brutal and outrageous …
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Black Lives Matter activist and Baltimore mayoral candidate DeRay Mckesson is a statistical no-show, accumulating less than one percent in a poll for the Baltimore Democratic mayoral race.

“All other candidates in the crowded field of 13 Democrats—including prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson … garnered less than 1 percent,” wrote Luke Broadwater and Yvonne Wenger The Baltimore Sun.

Mckesson became a beloved social media activist among the mainstream press during last year’s riots in Ferguson, Missouri. The 30-year-old Baltimore native nearly missed the February 3 filing deadline to run for mayor of Baltimore.

Even with his 300,000-plus Twitter followers and favorable news coverage, Mckesson faces near-impossible political odds.

“DeRay Mckesson is completely unknown to voters,” said Steve Raabe, president of Annapolis-based polling firm OpinionWorks. “They want somebody who understands Baltimore, has paid their dues and been around. That’s not to say he can’t introduce himself, but right now, he’s a complete unknown.”

Baltimore’s Democratic primary is on April 26.

Follow Jerome Hudson on Twitter @jeromeehudson.


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