Julia Craven -Huff Post Black Voices
BALTIMORE — When protests rocked the city last April following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, Baltimore’s residents were expressing their anger and frustration not just with the police but with the city’s political leadership.
The current mayor is not seeking re-election after widespread criticism of how she managed the unrest. Thirteen people threw their hats into the ring for Tuesday’s Democratic mayoral primary — the main contest in this heavily Democratic city. On Feb. 3, DeRay Mckesson joined the race.
As a candidate, Mckesson had some points in his favor. He’s a nationally known advocate against police violence who rose to prominence with the Black Lives Matter movement. At 30, he’s a seasoned voice for younger voters’ dissatisfaction. He grew up in Baltimore. And his many Twitter followers stood strongly behind his bid for the city’s top job.
The love he received online, however, did not translate into votes. Despite participating in mayoral forums, knocking on doors, doing multiple interviews and making a huge social media push, Mckesson walked away with just 2 percent of the vote on Tuesday night.
Mckesson came into the race with national prestige, but that wasn’t what the voters wanted. Here’s why he lost on Tuesday.
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