“I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives,” the pop star wrote to her 112 million Instagram followers on Oct. 7, two days before the voter registration deadline in Tennessee. “Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values.”
Cooper told the AP his phone lit up with messages the night of Swift’s message, and that his daughter “was as excited as she’s ever been in her whole life, including her own wedding.”
A narrower margin separates the candidates in the Tennessee Senate race. Swift’s chosen candidate, Phil Bredesen, trails Marsha Blackburn in a race Inside Elections Nathan L. Gonzales rates Leans Republican.
Swift wrote in her Oct. 7 message that Blackburn’s “voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies her,” citing in particular her vote against against the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which provides grants to social service agencies supporting women who suffer domestic abuse and sexual assault.
Blackburn said she had a “good record” on certain women’s issues in a subsequent appearance on Fox News.
In a more recent Instagram post, Swift encourages early voting, and links to a early voting schedule in her bio.
Swift has rarely spoken publicly about political issues in the past, even as she became an unwitting idol of white supremacists.
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