Think Progress – A new Baltimore Sun poll of likely voters in the city’s upcoming Democratic mayoral primary shows 30-year-old Black Lives Matter activist Deray Mckesson with less than one percent support, way behind leading candidates Democratic State Sen. Catherine E. Pugh (26 percent support) and former Mayor Sheila Dixon (24 percent).
That’s surprising news for users of Twitter, a platform where Mckesson has more than 300,000 followers and is one of the 10 people followed by Beyonce. And his popularity isn’t limited to the Internet. Last month Mckesson met with President Obama. Afterward, the president praised Mckesson, saying he’s done “outstanding work mobilizing in Baltimore” around issues connected with police violence that roiled the city in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of officers. Mckesson’s online fundraising is being handled by Revolution Messaging, a firm that’s also working on behalf of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.
But his platform and prominent advocates haven’t yet amounted to significant support for Mckesson in Baltimore. Part of this is due to the fact Mckesson’s Twitter followers and Baltimore primary voters are two different sets of people. But Steve Raabe, president of the Annapolis-based firm that conducted the poll, told the Sun lack of familiarity is also playing a role.
“Mckesson is completely unknown to voters,” Raabe said. “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.”
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