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DeRay Mckesson's Baltimore mayoral run brings praise, skepticism

DeRay Mckesson's Baltimore mayoral run brings praise, skepticism

He's discussed white privilege on "The Late Show" with Stephen Colbert, talked about institutional racism with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central and is one of just 10 people Beyonce follows on Twitter.

With the national attention that civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson can garner, his surprise entrance into the Baltimore mayor's race is likely to ensure that issues of racial inequality and police reform are one focus of the campaign, political analysts say.

But Mckesson's candidacy also represents a political challenge: With nearly 300,000 Twitter followers, can he translate a passionate social media audience into votes?

"I think this will be a competitive...

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