Taylor Swift announces vote for Tennessee Democrat Phil Bredesen

Taylor Swift announced on Instagram Tuesday that she cast an early vote for Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen in Tennessee, and urged others in the state to do the same.

The pop star posted a photo of herself and her mother, Andrea Swift, posing by a Bredesen campaign sign and wrote that the pair "voted for the candidate who has proven himself to be reasonable and trustworthy."

"We want leadership, not fear-based extremism," she continued. "Early voting goes til Thursday and Election Day is November 6. Please don't sit this one out."

Weeks earlier, Swift broke her longstanding political silence to endorse Bredesen while strongly criticizing his opponent, Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn.

"In the past I've been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now," she wrote earlier this month. "I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country."

The endorsement caught the attention of the political world, including President Donald Trump, who told reporters soon after Swift's initial post that he was "sure Taylor Swift knows knows nothing, or doesn't know anything about" Blackburn.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Taylor Swift attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Taylor Swift attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Taylor Swift attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Taylor Swift attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Taylor Swift attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Taylor Swift attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Taylor Swift attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Taylor Swift, jewelry detail, attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Taylor Swift attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images For dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Taylor Swift attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images For dcp)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Taylor Swift accepts the Tour of the Year award onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/AMA2018/Getty Images For dcp )
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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/AMA2018/Getty Images For dcp )
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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/AMA2018/Getty Images For dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Taylor Swift performs on stage at the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/AMA2018/Getty Images For dcp )
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/AMA2018/Getty Images For dcp)
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"Let's just say I like her music about 25 percent less now," he said.

Recent polling has shown Blackburn building up a healthy lead over Bredesen after the former governor spent weeks locked in a dead heat with the congresswoman.

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