Breaking years of political silence, pop star Taylor Swift expressed support for Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee, with Bredesen among them.
Within 24 hours after Swift’s announcement, voter registration spiked significantly.
Some believe that her endorsement of Bredesen may have had a similar effect.
THANK YOU, TAYLOR SWIFT! 💃https://t.co/awN4WPoIHx
— Christopher J. Hale (@chrisjollyhale) October 18, 2018
Cheers to @taylorswift13! This female veteran, mom, & feminist just voted for @PhilBredesen @KarlFDean and fellow veteran @dawson4tn33! If we lived in KY – you bet I’d vote for veteran @AmyMcGrathKY too 🎉
— Kamala’s Wedding Cake is a Cop #2020 (@HD4safety_USAF) October 18, 2018
This is huge and TN is so important. Thanks Taylor Swift for your help in Tennessee.
— Gemini Ginger (@ICanBeAHandful) October 19, 2018
The Taylor Swift bump is real!
— Colt Smith (@FootballExpert) October 18, 2018
Despite Blackburn leading Bredesen in other polls, she has had a hard time convincing women voters that she would represent their interests. One recent poll showed Bredesen ahead of Blackburn with women voters by 12 points.
This new boost for Bredesen is quite unexpected. It could even indicate a national trend of Republican enthusiasm – or lack thereof – now that Kavanaugh is securely on the bench. Though the outcome of the race is still anyone’s guess, the Vanderbilt poll surely has some Republicans sweating.