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10 October 2018, 05:20 | Regina Holmes
Bredesen is thankful for Swift's support, writing in a tweet over the weekend, "Thank you for the kind words, [Taylor Swift]". The musician, who has long strayed out of political issues, also voiced her support for two Democrat candidates.
Nadine Hubbs, professor of women's studies and music at the University of MI, and author of "Rednecks, Queers and Country Music, " notes that Swift's statement doesn't ever mention political parties, but instead focuses on issues like human rights, LGBTQ rights, equal pay and racial discrimination.
According to Guthrie, Vote.org had its second-busiest day of the year after Swift's post with 155,940 unique visitors to its website, making it the site's biggest day since National Voter Registration Day on September 25, when the site saw 304,942 unique visitors, up from a daily average of 14,078 visitors. "It's rather evident and clear-I don't want to accuse her of this", he says before lobbing insulting accusations, "but I don't think she was the only one to write that post on Instagram".
Taylor Swift made her political preferences public for the first time this week and it seemingly sparked mass voter registration.
Swift's enormous reach - she has 112 million Instagram followers and 84 million Twitter followers - underscores the way celebrities can leverage their online presence by sending messages instantaneously to millions of fans.
When asked about Swift's endorsements and her negative comments about GOP Tennessee Senate hopeful Rep. Marsha Blackburn, President Trump was unaware of what had been said. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. The singer said she will instead be voting for Democratic candidates Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. "I don't think it's going to hurt her career". It seems that fans and followers from the musician's home state of Tennesse were among the most impacted by Taylor's words. For context, the site typically sees an average of 14,078 visitors this year.
As a spokesperson for Vote.org spoke to Buzzfeed about just how influential Swift's post has been.
Mr Trump dismissed Swift as an uninformed voter. Candidates seeking to take maximum advantage of what is a quantifiable increase of interest among young voters in the final weeks of the campaign would be wise to follow Swift's framework.
Praising Blackburn, he told reporters at The White House: "I'm sure Taylor Swift has nothing, (sic) or doesn't know anything about her".
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