Taylor Swift's Political Instagram Post Had Huge Impact on Voter Registration

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In her post, Swift said she was voting for Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, and she spoke about what "terrifies" her about Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn, but the only actual endorsement she made was for the act of educating one's self and voting.

"If you look at people like Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell, it's part of their DNA".

She also acknowledged her past reluctance to address political issues but said that had changed in the past two years.

The Speak Now singer said she was a supporter of gay rights and women's rights, and against racism.

"But one thing is clear, we're seeing a massive surge in the 18-24 and 25-29 voters", the site said in a statement.

Kamari Guthrie, the director of communications for Vote.org, told BuzzFeed News that the organization was "up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period" since Swift's post. Swift already stands out from her peers as having the most politically diverse fan base among young Americans, and I would not bet against her helping register, empower and activate just enough of them to make a difference in November, for them and the country. These are not MY Tennessee values.

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In the Sunday post, Swift warned her followers in Tennessee that if they missed the October 9 voter registration deadline, there would be "trouble when you walked in" to a polling place and no "Blank Space" to write their candidate's name.

On Monday, Trump tried to mobilize his own followers by retweeting a message indicating Tuesday was the deadline to register to vote in more than a dozen states.

Trump said Blackburn is a "tremendous woman", despite Swift's arguments against her.

Mr Bredesen, a former Tennessee governor, is facing Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn in what has become an extremely close race for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Bob Corker.

"As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I can not support Marsha Blackburn", Swift told her 112 million Instagram followers.

Vote.org also saw a definite jump in traffic in the wake of her Instagram post.

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Swift included the URL to vote.org, which reported almost 65,000 people nationwide between the ages of 18 and 29 had registered since Sunday night when the post went live.

But in a lengthy Instagram post, she passionately spoke about how this was not the case. The site's average amount of daily users is 14,078.

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Mr Trump dismissed Swift as an uninformed voter. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. 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.

"Thank God for Taylor Swift", Guthrie said.

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