At 10:36 AM ET, on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, Wayne Messam, Mayor of Miramar, Florida suspended his Presidential campaign.
Unfortunately, Wayne did not ever send me a single email, and I had minimal data on him. Luckily for him (and me), that Discord guy who makes my art for these farewell posts was also a huge Wayne supporter and offered to guest-write this post. Take it away, Elysium!
There was a shake-up in the horse race that is the Democratic field of candidates on Wednesday, and no, it wasn’t Michael Bloomberg filing with the FEC: Wayne Messam suspended his campaign for President. Bloomberg is still not officially in the race.
Oh, and there was also a debate. Yeah, that was a thing that happened.
Thursday brought Deval Patrick to the race, a candidate with a lot of baggage and not much in the way of emails yet. It also brought a desperate Julian Castro, a dinner invite from Joe Biden, and a contest for an event even Tom Steyer hasn’t qualified for yet.
Friday was… alarming. Candidates stopped being coy about their negativity and started calling other Democrats out by name. Bernie Sanders, Julian Castro, and Tulsi Gabbard all lashed out with names. John Delaney was at least subtle about it. However, the growling was definitely there.
Have I really been writing this blog for 150 days? Wow!
Now that the initial debate buzz has worn off, the campaigns can start talking about other things. Kamala Harris chose to discuss FEC numbers, as did Joe Biden. Steve Bullock felt a fresh wave of energy as a new poll showed him doing well in Iowa. And Elizabeth Warren had her whole team calling donors.
October 15 was a monumental day in the Democratic primary. All of the campaigns had to make their Q3 finances public, and we were finally able to scrutinize the numbers some were excited about, and some tried to hide.
Tuesday didn’t bring much in the way of emails, but it did bring some worrying numbers from Kamala Harris, some worrying trends from Joe Biden, and a worrying lack of respect for our inboxes from Julian Castro.
With Thursday came some interesting emails: Pete Buttigieg bucked the “end of month fundraising” trend completely, Andrew Yang had proof the media was ignoring him, and Joe Biden came up with a new excuse for why he needed money.