As Mail-In and Early Voting Nears, the Ed Markey for U.S. Senate Campaign is Seeing Surge in Grassroots Momentum
Series of Endorsements, Launch of a Statewide Bus Tour, New Digital Tools and Events with Hundreds of Supporters Demonstrate Strong, People-Powered Campaign
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
BOSTON — As mail-in and early voting nears before the U.S. Senate primary, the Ed Markey for U.S. Senate campaign is building significant grassroots strength.
In the past few days alone:
Ed Markey and Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins rallied over 500 supporters for one of many virtual events to teach voters how to receive their ballots by mail and build massive support around Ed’s re-election. The campaign launched edmarkey.com/vote last week, a one-stop-voting-shop that allows voters to request their vote by mail ballots online. Over 1,000 voters requested their ballots through the tool in the first 48 hours of launch.
National, progressive organizations across the country are also putting their support behind Ed, and just last week, he secured the endorsements of:
The Human Rights Campaign
Foreign Policy for America
National Association of Social Workers–PACE
Progressive Change Campaign Committee
On Monday, hundreds of volunteers made calls for the Markey campaign, totaling 52,627 calls to voters across Massachusetts. This week, the campaign will hold over 300 phone banks in communities across the state and over 1,000 people are expected to volunteer with the campaign this week alone.
Voters in Massachusetts and leading progressive organizations across the country know that Ed is the progressive in this race and that his leadership is critical to progress in Congress.
And more in the past few days:
Just this past Friday, the Markey campaign launched its statewide “Leads and Delivers” bus tour, which kicked off with stops in Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford, and Taunton. At each of these visits, Ed Markey had the opportunity to meet and speak with voters and community leaders about the ways he has delivered for the South Coast. The tour will continue next week when Ed returns from fighting for coronavirus relief for Massachusetts in Washington D.C.
On the day of the bus tour launch, the campaign also released its Markey Map, a new digital tool that showcases the actions Ed Markey has taken and the funding he has helped secure for all 351 cities and towns across the state. On the day of launch, the Markey Map garnered enough clicks to temporarily crash the site.
The campaign launched its “Green New Dialers” initiative, a new program that is engaging high school and college students from across the country in phone banks, while teaching campaign organizing skills.
- On Sunday, hundreds of masked and socially-distanced supporters joined Ed Markey at the famous Gracie’s Ice Cream in Union Square to celebrate National Ice Cream Day and sample Gracie’s newest flavor, Ed Markey’s Green New Deal With It Mint Chip. The proceeds from the ice cream sales were donated to Boston Black Lives Matter. While in line, supporters had the chance to take selfies with Ed and fill out applications for mail-in ballots.
On our digital platforms:
This past Sunday, Ed Markey garnered over 5,725,000 Twitter impressions, and the following day, the account generated another 3,853,000 impressions. In that two-day window, Ed Markey racked up nearly 10 million impressions on Twitter alone. Over the last 28 days, Ed Markey’s Twitter account has grown by 12,733 followers.
“The events throughout the past 10 days are real examples of the people-powered campaign that is gathering,” campaign manager John Walsh said. “We see a strong, progressive movement rallying around us because they know that Ed is the champion for the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and racial justice. The momentum that we are seeing in the final weeks of the campaign is driven by the grassroots organizers and volunteers who are making the calls and talking to their friends and family. It’s this energy that will drive us to victory in September.”
Ed Markey has served in the United States Senate since winning the special election in 2013 and has amassed a deep record on issues that are important to the voters in Massachusetts. He co-authored the Green New Deal, and his leadership has led to laws to expand treatment during the opioid crisis, prevent gun violence, and support finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. Raised in Malden, Ed Markey has always stood up for the priorities of Massachusetts.
Liz Vlock, Press Secretary