With Tulsi dropping out, the field has coalesced to just 2 candidates, and at a spry 73, Donald Trump is our youngest option. It feels like all the excitement has left this primary and we’re just left exhausted.
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!
Joe Biden sent more than double the emails as his remaining competitor, Bernie Sanders, with 25 to Sanders’ 10.
Sunday had the most emails of any day this week, followed by a little spike on Tuesday, election day, but then things dropped off.
After Tuesday, Bernie Sanders stopped asking me for campaign donations. His focus instead turned to fighting the coronavirus and his plans for fighting it and asking me to take surveys about what he should do to fight it. He told a reporter that he was too busy trying to fight this pandemic to make a decision on his presidential campaign.
Free advice, Sanders, if you drop out, then you free up all the time you have to dedicate to running a campaign to focus on the coronavirus.
Joe Biden, meanwhile, has been acting as the presumptive nominee, mainly turning his focus toward Donald Trump and providing actual good leadership in this time of crisis.
There was a debate this past week, so many emails were sent about debates, and Joe Biden continued to reference them on and off over the next few days, pointing out that he was the only candidate on the stage who had committed to both a female VP and a black woman as his next Supreme Court pick (should he end up as President and find himself with a vacancy). He also advocated for strengthening and expanding Obamacare, reminded me of his coronavirus plans, and re-sent a touching email from a fellow stutterer about meeting Biden and connecting over their shared stutter and how they wouldn’t let it stop them.
Sanders, meanwhile, dropped his emails to just one a day and huffed about the need for Medicare for All in this time of crisis.
I’m ready for the primary to be over. We have our candidate. He may not have been everyone’s first choice, but he’s already stepping up to the task of being a leader. Let’s just let him lead and get out of his way.