Despite Taylor Swift’s rallying call to Tennessee voters, her public slam of Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn seems to be having the opposite effect.
Tennessee voter registrations went up to 65,000 in a 24-hour period following the pop star’s plea to her 112 million Instagram followers to register and vote for Blackburn’s opponent, former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, Fox News reported.
GOP candidate Marsha Blackburn leads by 14 points in Tennessee Senate race, while in Texas Republican Sen Ted Cruz looks safer with 8-point lead in new NYT poll pic.twitter.com/xkMIgtulRZ
— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) October 12, 2018
“As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me,” Swift wrote.
But her efforts don’t seem to have helped Bredesen who, according to a new New York Times poll on Friday, showed him trailing Blackburn by 14 points.
Marsha Blackburn is up FOURTEEN PERCENT in a new poll against her Democrat challenger! That is what we like to see. The Taylor Swift endorsement did absolutely nothing.
— Joseph Ted (@Montemiletto93) October 13, 2018
“These are not MY Tennessee values,” Swift wrote, citing Blackburn’s record on issues and that she “voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry.”
President Trump weighed in on Swift’s remarks, coming to the defense of Blackburn.
“I’m sure Taylor Swift has nothing or doesn’t know anything about her,” Trump said. “Let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25 percent less now, OK?”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 9, 2018
Blackburn, who is running to replace retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker, pushed back on Swift’s claims in an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” saying she had a “good record” on certain women’s issues.
TIFF WITH TAYLOR. Congressman Marsha Blackburn breaks her silence on Taylor Swift’s endorsement of her democratic opponent. pic.twitter.com/nIKgEmfxaF
— Fox & Friends First (@FoxFriendsFirst) October 10, 2018
“Tennesseans are more interested in the fact that Marsha Blackburn is endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, by the Fraternal Order of Police, by the Police Benevolent Association and by the National Rifle Association, where I have an ‘A’ rating and their endorsement,” Blackburn told Fox Business’ Connell McShane on Wednesday.
— Ben Ferguson (@benfergusonshow) October 13, 2018
An undercover Project Veritas video released this week showed Bredesen staffers admitting that he only publicly declared that he would have voted to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh as a way to get votes from moderate Republicans.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 11, 2018
“Phil Bredesen and his campaign have been shown to lie to Tennesseans, saying one thing to persuade voters on the campaign trail but clearly planning to do something entirely different should he get into office,” Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe said.
The NYTimes/Siena poll surveys Tennessee, and finds Republican Marsha Blackburn ahead of Democrat Phil Bredesen, 54 percent to 40 percent. You know what’s going to be epic? When Taylor Swift debuts her song about breaking up with Bredesen.https://t.co/KSckzVr1zL pic.twitter.com/M8olPprZ4R
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) October 12, 2018
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