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Taylor Swift Endorsement Like ‘Manna From Heaven,’ Says Tennessee Congressman

Democrat Jim Cooper: It’s ‘one of the great honors’ of my life

Taylor Swift endorsed Tennessee governor and Senate hopeful Democrat Phil Bredesen, among others, in an Instagram post this week. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for TAS)

Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper likened Taylor Swift’s surprise endorsement to “manna from heaven” and deemed it “one of the great honors” of his life in an interview with The Associated Press Wednesday.

“I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives,” the pop star wrote to her 112 million Instagram followers on Oct. 7, two days before the voter registration deadline in Tennessee. “Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values.”

Cooper told the AP his phone lit up with messages the night of Swift’s message, and that his daughter “was as excited as she’s ever been in her whole life, including her own wedding.”

Cooper faces re-election for his 5th District seat in a race rated Solid Democratic by Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales

A narrower margin separates the candidates in the Tennessee Senate race. Swift’s chosen candidate, Phil Bredesen, trails Marsha Blackburn in a race Inside Elections Nathan L. Gonzales rates Leans Republican.

Swift wrote in her Oct. 7 message that Blackburn’s “voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies her,” citing in particular her vote against against the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which provides grants to social service agencies supporting women who suffer domestic abuse and sexual assault. 

Blackburn said she had a “good record” on certain women’s issues in a subsequent appearance on Fox News. 

In a more recent Instagram post, Swift encourages early voting, and links to a early voting schedule in her bio.  recurse

Swift has rarely spoken publicly about political issues in the past, even as she became an unwitting idol of white supremacists. 

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