It could be viewed as a devastating loss to gain just 2.5 percent of the votes in the primaries for mayor of Baltimore, but DeRay Mckesson is holding his head up high.
“While we did not win tonight, what we did was very important, and I want you to be as proud of your work together as I am,” the Black Lives Matter activist wrote in an email to supporters after Tuesday night’s defeat against State Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, who pulled in 37 percent of the vote to win the primary election.
“We did something very special, and it sets the table for what else is possible,” continued Mckesson, who has been praised by the likes of President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Mckesson entered the race for mayor in February and has been campaigning over the last 30 days to around 30,000 voters with a goal of drawing attention on important issues.
Still, he feels his campaign “challenged the status quo of Baltimore’s politics.”
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