The media has dubbed this election the “pink wave,” and has written reamsofstories about how female candidates are running and winning across the country.
While this is great, it doesn’t leave much room for nuance. Women, despite being of the same gender, are extremely diverse, as the candidates from yesterday’s eight-state primary show. Here are some of their stories.
PS: Not all women have vaginas, but I believe these women do.
The news from yesterday’s primary in Georgia goes much deeper than Stacey Abrams’ win. It’s also about her dominance of candidates from both parties, including the more “viable” Democratic pick and the anti-immigrant candidates on the Republican right.
The final results are a very hopeful sign for the South, and for November.
The primary train moves on, yesterday to Idaho, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, and Oregon.
Two stories to emerge on the Democratic side are that yes, there was evidence of huge enthusiasm (the eponymous #BlueWave), but Dem primary voters are also not too keen on the sensible, could-win-the-general, more right-leaning candidates their party is supporting.
On the left and right, primary voters are polarized, a longterm trend that seems particularly stark this cycle.
You already know the canvassing basics. Now you can level up to be a canvassing superhero and MVP who actually helps the canvass organizer improve their data and effectiveness.
How? First, you need to know which of the three types of canvass you’re on. You can ask the canvass organizer that information when you arrive at the staging location. The three types to expect are:
Identity Canvass: The goal here is to get as much information as you can about voters’ positions and preferences so they can be engaged in a more personalized way later on. This type of canvassing happens earliest.
Persuasion Canvass: In this type, you want to move the voter to support your candidate or your issue. This is about convincing a voter to change her or his mind and happens after some preference information has been collected.
Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Canvass: This one is about getting “the base,” your core supporters, out to the polls. You aren’t seeking information and you aren’t changing anyone’s mind. You’re just convincing those who already agree with you to actually vote that opinion. This type of canvassing happens last, no more than 90 days before an election.
Once you know what to expect, you’ll know when voter interactions aren’t matching up: for example, supporters on a Persuasion Canvass or opponents on a GOTV Canvass. If you find these inconsistencies as you canvass, tell the organizer. She or he can change the canvass list next time.