Monday was surprisingly focused on Pete Buttigieg. I received 7 emails with his name.
Only 5 of them actually came from Buttigieg.
For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of 2 candidates for the Democratic Presidential Nomination! This blog breaks down recent emails with charts and excerpts. If you already know all of this, feel free to skip to the next chart!
I signed up to all mailing lists either on May 21 or the day the candidate announced, whichever was later. Using a different email address, I have donated at least $1 to all candidates who have been on a debate stage (I have given additional donations to my preferred candidates through my personal email, but the campaigns have linked the two accounts together and may ask for more as a result).
When showing breakdowns by campaigns, there will usually be 2 numbers. Emails to my non-donor account will be indicated by a darker color/top bar in horizontal bar charts. Emails to my donor account will be indicated by a lighter color/bottom bar.
Unless otherwise specified, all other charts combine the donor and non-donor numbers, as they are roughly 1-for-1, so the percentages and relative differences don’t change much. You can divide the numbers in half to get the rough estimate for what someone not signed up twice would be receiving. The rules I try to follow for the various categories are laid out in The Framework.
If you want specific data on any particular day, feel free to drop a comment!
Pete Buttigieg sent me 5 emails on Monday, beating out Julian Castro, who only sent 4. Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, and Andrew Yang all sent 3 emails.
I tweeted about one of those Sanders emails and apparently poked the hornet’s nest.
Marianne Williamson informed me that I only had hours to go to get tickets for her livestream with Deepak Chopra. She didn’t bother to email me to tell me how it went afterwards. She did email me to let me know that the NY Times published a piece calling her the MOST ELECTABLE candidate, however.
Cory Booker tried to reassure me that he was still in the race for the right reasons.
My entire career, I’ve worked to bring people together to take on our toughest challenges — that’s why I’m running for president.
You won’t see me on the debate stage this week, but this fight is far from over. In spite of what some of the polls say, we’re actually on the upswing, gaining ground every day.
In fact, my team tells me that if we can raise another $800,000 by the end of the year, we’ll have our best fundraising quarter of the campaign.
This isn’t about my ego or pride. This is about who’s the best candidate not only to take on Donald Trump and win but to bring our country together and solve some of the biggest problems we face.
From the imminent threat of climate change to the racial injustice in our criminal justice system to the reproductive rights of millions of people, there is so much on the line in this election — and I’m in this race because I believe I’m the best candidate to beat Trump and lead our nation to higher ground.
But I’m under no illusions that I can do this alone. I’m going to need the help of all of you.
I am still holding out hope that this is true. I liked Booker’s optimism and positivity. I really hope that his weekend rest as he recovered from the flu helped him recover from his shock over losing Kamala from the race.
Joe Biden was getting very desperate for last minute money.
Biden has been consistently behind on all his goals for months. He’s really not doing a great job of convincing me he can inspire people to support him or manage a budget.
Andrew Yang was also trying to pull in money in the last few hours, after extending his deadline by 25 hours (because that totally counts).
Yang did try to sweeten the pot by saying his wife, Evelyn, would be there. It worked, too, as he hit his $2 million goal with hours to spare (or hours behind, depending on how you count).
Julian Castro, meanwhile, was still pushing his desire to change the order of the primary and talked about how he’s been speaking truth the entire time.
Pete Buttigieg had a busy day on Monday. He started with launching his plan for a New Era for Latinos/Latinas, then followed it up with some talk about how 2019 has been a huge year for Pete for America. He asked me as a non-donor to make a donation, and he asked me as a donor to tell my story of why I’m on Team Pete. He then invited me to his Burgers with Buttigieg contest again and offered me a new sticker for a donation to his campaign. Finally, his fifth email of the night was letting me know there was a watch party nearby that I could join.
I’m not going to. Debate nights are way too busy for me to go to watch parties. I learned my lesson last debate. (Sorry guys, I’m just too old to stay out that late and go to work the next day!)
However, Buttigieg wasn’t the only candidate talking about Buttigieg on Monday. Michael Bennet had some choice words about the youngest and one of the oldest candidates.
Guess this means this holiday season, I’ll be going through more healthcare plans. Ugh. Fun times.
Bernie Sanders also took great offense at Buttigieg holding a fundraiser in a wine cave with a fancy chandelier.
I tweeted about this email and pointed out that Michigan, a critical battleground state, is wine country, and as someone from that area, I felt legitimately a bit angry that “wine cave money” was being made out to be a corrupting influence.
Oh boy. I was insulted, Buttigieg was insulted, accusations of white supremacy were thrown around…
I am on Team VoteBlueNoMatterWho. My personal thoughts and opinions on the Democratic candidates will not keep me home on general election day. But at this point, if my choice is between Sanders and Castro on the primary ballot…
…I’m voting Castro.