Taylor Swift attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 09, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Earlier this month, Grammy winning singer and songwriter Taylor Swift took to Instagram to endorse Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee. While the post earned backlash from conservatives who once considered Swift an icon, voter registrations leapt in the immediate aftermath of her Instagram post.

Now Swift is back on Instagram to address voting for the 2018 midterms with her fans and followers. Specifically, Swift hopes to get the word out about early voting.

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AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 1: The crowd listens to Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) giving a speech at Scholz Garten on April 1, 2017 in Austin, Texas. O'Rourke announced his plan to run for Ted Cruz's Senate seat on Friday and launched his campaign with a four-city tour of Texas. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)

Democratic early voting turnout is surging past turnout of Republican voters as the Lone Star State officially begins picking candidates for the 2018 midterm elections.

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are tightening their grips on the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are encouraging their supporters to hit the polls early, and their efforts appear to be paying off. According to information from Catalist, a data company working to receive detailed early vote return information this year, more than 30 million votes have been cast already across 38 states with early voting in place. Catalist's findings are not results (its voter list connects returned ballots with demographic and registration information, providing clues on who is voting and which party is getting out the vote), but the data shows that about 7.4 million registered Democrats and about 6.4 million Republicans have already cast their votes.

The data suggests that an uptick in participation from Latinos, who historically vote in lower numbers than the electorate overall, might benefit Clinton, the Democratic nominee. Advocates working to expand the Hispanic vote say Trump's controversial immigration proposals and often violent rhetoric about Mexicans and other Latinos are influencing voter turnout. “The Trump candidacy and the climate it’s created has really heightened the importance and the personal nature of this election for Latinos,” said Yvanna Cancela, political director of Culinary Workers Union 226, which represents casino workers in Nevada.

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