Day 288: 3/3/20

Happy day after Super Tuesday, everyone! We managed to survive with many delegates being called on the actual election night. Check out my delegate map if you’re curious as to how everything shook out.


For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of Joe Biden and Donald Trump, though I have previously been on the mailing lists of 28 Democratic candidates! 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!

It took some time for the Trump emails to kick in, so I started officially tracking his list on July 7. I have been tracking Biden’s for longer, but I will start comparing them as of July 7. All of these emails are going to a new email, and I have not donated, filled out surveys, signed petitions, or otherwise interacted with either candidate’s emails.

The rules I try to follow for the various categories are laid out in The Framework.

I can’t make this any skinnier without losing names.

Joe Biden stayed in the email lead again with 6 emails sent, while Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders came in second with 5 emails. Surprisingly, Tulsi Gabbard came in third with just 1 email, and Mike Bloomberg, who had boasted about Super Tuesday being his moment to shine, sent nothing.

Only two asks on Super Tuesday

2 of Elizabeth Warren’s emails were asking me to volunteer for her. Early in the morning–before 2 AM–she sent me an email asking if I’d be willing to knock doors for her in my home state of Michigan. Later in the day, she pointed out that calling voters was a great way to help her and asked how many calls I could make.

For some reason, Warren always asks me to help in my local area between the hours of midnight and 2 AM. I don’t understand why her emails come in at that time of day, but it does mean it’s there when I wake up.

Every other email I received, including Warren’s other three, were only asking for money.

Warren’s volunteer emails were Campaign Events

I marked one of Bernie Sanders’ emails as a News Event because it obliquely referenced the Joe Biden rally from Monday night.

The political establishment has chosen their candidate. It’s Joe Biden. And they’re lining up behind him in an effort to derail our momentum in this race.

Team Bernie

The endorsements falling behind Biden have clearly spooked the Sanders campaign. In several emails, including the one in which he announced a California win, he asked me, as a donor, to give $14 instead of the usual $2.70. In another email, he said that if I wasn’t voting on Super Tuesday, I needed to donate to him. His fourth email was talking about how the political establishment and super PACs were “salivating” at the chance to run more ads against him, trotting out that horrible “Us vs everyone” line again.

Us against everyone. But that is how the fight for change has always gone in the history of this country. “Power concedes nothing without a fight. It never did, and it never will,” as Frederick Douglass said.

Faiz Shakir, Campaign Manager, Bernie 2020

Tulsi Gabbard was entering panic mode, sending her email from Monday again but with a new prelude.

You know and I know that anything can happen between now and the Democratic Convention — but the one thing that is sure to happen is that the one voice bravely speaking up for you and against the corporate war machine, and the corrupt establishment elite, will be silenced for good if we don’t close the gap on our $1 million Super Tuesday goal by midnight tonight.

Caitlin for Tulsi

She really cannot stand the Democratic Party, and she makes sure to smear them every chance she gets these days. I have to marvel at how effortlessly Hillary Clinton spun Gabbard into a mental frenzy and walked away.

Elizabeth Warren thanked me for all I’d done for her already and asked me if I could give more money. In another two emails, she stressed that there were still 14 states to vote and she needed more money to keep her campaign going beyond Super Tuesday, and her final email of the night said that results would take days, if not weeks, to trickle in fully, so while she waited, could I give her more money?

One thing that had always been bugging me about Warren’s Super Tuesday emails is that she kept repeating that number: 14 states. Yes, there were 14 states voting on Tuesday… and one territory. And Democrats Abroad were starting to vote too. 15 contests would have been more accurate and wouldn’t have erased American Samoa’s presence. They may only have 6 delegates, but they gave Mike Bloomberg an early, decisive win.

(I heard Bloomberg had 7 paid staffers in American Samoa, more staffers than the territory had delegates.)

The remaining emails were all from Joe Biden, all elated from his South Carolina win and excited about entering Super Tuesday with a lot of momentum. Sure enough, as the polls started to close, Joe Biden was declared the winner in many of the early calls. Biden thanked me for all I had done for him so far, and he stressed that he didn’t want to take anything for granted. Super Tuesday still had a lot of delegates, and he didn’t want to assume anything until the results came in. His final email of the night ended on a high, and he made sure to thank the previous candidates who had endorsed him and without whom, his super Tuesday success would not have been possible: Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Beto O’Rourke.

Pete never did catch up to Joe Biden

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