Her first serious comment on politics may have a wide-ranging effect -- one that could extend well beyond the midterms.
On Oct. 7, one day after ending the North American leg of her Reputation World Tour, Taylor Swift made headlines not for her music but for her politics. In an Instagram post to her 112 million followers, Swift, who is registered to vote in Tennessee, endorsed Volunteer State Democrats Phil Bredesen for U.S. Senate and Jim Cooper for U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 election. She also condemned Bredesen's opponent, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), saying Blackburn's voting record "appalls and terrifies me." Swift then encouraged anyone 18 or older to register to vote.
While Swift has taken positions on issues before -- in March, she posted her support for March for Our Lives -- she had never taken so strident a stand. And her passion could drive voters to the polls, says Andy Bernstein, executive director of HeadCount, a nonpartisan voter-registration organization.