Day 302: 3/17/20

Ohio delayed their primary at the last minute, but Arizona, Florida, and Illinois all voted on Tuesday. The results were exactly what everyone except Bernie Sanders was expecting.


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.

We’re up an extra email!

Joe Biden was once again on top of the emails, sending 5 on this election day, while Bernie Sanders maintained his new normal of 1 with a promise to send more later that never actually showed up.

Nothing unique today

Every single email I received was asking for money and nothing else.

Many emails touched on the coronavirus, though they didn’t FOCUS on it.

Bernie Sanders’ single email was trying to raise money. He pointed out that each donation was more than just money to keep Sanders’ campaign going: it was a statement of support. It meant people still wanted him in the race.

He also told me he’d send me more updates, but they never materialized. If I got my news from Sanders’ emails only, I’d still be waiting to hear how he did on election night.

We’ll be in touch soon with updates from the polls. But before they close, let me take this opportunity to thank you for being such a special and important part of this campaign, and this movement. It means everything to Bernie.

Faiz Shakir, Campaign Manager, Bernie 2020

Narrator voice: There were no updates. Not even on Twitter.

Really, at this point, it’s irresponsible for Sanders to stay in the race. Polling places are a challenge with the order to stay away from crowds and public spaces, and according to the math, Sanders needs to win every remaining state with a blowout similar to what Joe Biden has been experiencing to even have a chance.

It’s not going to happen. The only thing that will happen is that he will continue to put Americans at risk by making the vote still be a necessity.

Joe Biden, on the other hand, sent emails on a variety of topics, from powering through the crisis together, to transitioning to an online campaign, to what we can do to support Biden from home (donate). He told me when he won Florida, the first state to be called last night, and he sent me his remarks after his sweep of all three elections.

Folks — tonight, in keeping with the latest guidance from the CDC, I am emailing you from home in Wilmington.

Look, right now is a moment where the choices and decisions we make as individuals, and collectively as a people, will make a big difference.

I know that we will answer this moment of crisis with what is best in ourselves — because that is what Americans have always done. That’s who we are.

And today — even as we are moving quickly to adapt our routines to meet this challenge — Americans in three states went to the polls. And it looks like, once again our campaign has had a very good night — and we’ve moved closer to securing the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

Our goal as a campaign, and my goal as candidate for president, is to unify our party — and to unify our nation.

And let me say especially to the young voters who have been inspired by Senator Sanders — I hear you. I know what is at stake. And I know what we have to do.

We are the United States of America. There is not a single thing we cannot accomplish when we stand together. I firmly believe that we are going to win this election and restore the soul of this nation, but it begins with you — our grassroots movement. Can you pitch in $5 to help us continue our momentum towards the nomination?

Tonight, I also want to be sure to thank all the public officials and the poll workers who worked closely with public health authorities to provide safe opportunities for voting — to clean and disinfect voting booths, and to make sure that voters could cast their ballots while maintaining distance from one another.

It is important for us to get through this crisis, protecting both the public health and our democracy.

This is a moment for each of us to see and believe the best in every one of us. To look out for our neighbor. To understand the fear and stress so many are feeling. To care for the elderly couple down the street.

To thank the health workers and the doctors and the nurses and the pharmacists and the grocery store cashiers and the people re-stocking the shelves.

We must believe in one another. That’s what my campaign is all about: unity.

Because I assure you — when we do that, when we see the best in each of us, we’ll lift this nation up, and we’ll get through this together.

So thanks for reading. I know we’re going to get through this difficult time together and prevail.

May God bless you all and keep your families healthy and safe. And may God protect our troops.

Joe Biden

I like the constant calling of us to be our best selves from Biden. That’s been my feelings about America for a long time: we may not be perfect, but we try. As long as we’re trying, we’ll be okay.

There really isn’t much changing in this chart these days.

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