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Today is November 6 — midterm day — and as usual, celebrities are taking to social media to urge fans, followers, mothers, brothers, and everyone in between to vote. And that’s because the question of who gets to control the United States is, to be frank, really important.

While of course Travis Scott and Lil Yachty shouldn’t dictate whom you vote for — nor, should we add, are they trying to — it’s interesting to note that celebs who wouldn’t usually associate themselves with politics are emerging to endorse politicians. It doesn’t mean that these celebs are suddenly super-hot on all political topics, either. They are simply backing those they feel will back them — and you — the most.

Below is a round-up of the candidates our favorite celebrities are endorsing this year.

Travis Scott

Endorses: Beto O’Rourke for Texas Senate

In late October, Scott joined O’Rourke at a rally at the Bayland Community Center in Houston, delivering a speech that urged young people around the country to get out and vote. “All the kids, we just need to go out, hit these polls,” he said, addressing the crowd by megaphone. “We can change the world, man.”

LeBron James

Endorses: Beto O’Rourke for Texas Senate

Just before an LA Lakers game in October, LeBron James was spotted in a Beto hat, sharing his support for Texas’ Democratic mayoral candidate.

Kanye West

Endorses: Amara Enyia for Chicago Senate

Although he’s been known to rock Republican president Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” cap, Kanye West donated $73,540 to Chicago’s Democratic mayoral candidate Amara Enyia last month, wiping her campaign debts clean in the process.

Chance the Rapper

Endorses: Amara Enyia for Chicago Senate

Chance the Rapper has pulled out many stops in order to do his bit for Chicago, donating $1 million to the cities’ schools and pledging to do the same to aid mental health services. Last month, the rapper backed the city’s Democratic candidate Amara Enyia when he tweeted, “Amara for Mayor.”

Taylor Swift

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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. 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. 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. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. 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. 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. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! ???

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Endorses: Phil Bredesen for Tennessee Senate

Normally one to keep her political views to herself, Swift broke her silence to denounce Tennessee’s Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn with a lengthy Instagram post. Swift said she found Blackburn’s policies both appalling and terrifying, writing, “I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives.

“Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.”


Endorses: Andrew Gillum for Florida Senate

Yesterday, RiRi took to Instagram to share her support for Andrew Gillium, who could potentially become Florida’s first black governor.

She urged anyone feeling like they don’t matter in the political process to go out and vote. She said she feels that Gillum is “someone who will take on critical issues such as: making the minimum wage a livable wage, paying teachers what they’re worth, ensuring criminal justice reform, making healthcare a right, and repealing Stand Your Ground.”

DJ Khaled

Endorses: Andrew Gillum for Florida Senate

“BLESS UP” begins DJ Khaled’s post that urges followers to back Floridian candidate Andrew Gillum. His message carries the same tone as Rihanna’s above, reiterating that Gillum is for the people.


Endorses: Stacey Abrams for Georgia Senate

Diddy has endorsed Georgia’s Democratic candidate — and potentially the first African-American woman governor in history — Stacey Abrams.  In a Twitter video, Diddy says she’s a woman “for the people and behind the people,” and urges everyone to vote.


Endorses: Stacey Abrams for Georgia Senate

Oprah is also backing Georgia’s candidate Stacey Abrams, doing door-to-door campaigning around the neighborhood and urging people to vote.

Lil Yachty

Endorses: Stacey Abrams for Georgia Senate

Pleading with his fans in Georgia to get out and vote, Lil Yachty writes of how important it is that everyone gets their say in the midterms. He ends the Instagram post with “I’m with Stacy Abrams, slattt!”

Dave Chappelle

Endorses: Ben Jealous for Maryland Senate

Dave Chappelle has called for hip-hop to stand up and vote for Maryland’s first black governor, Ben Jealous. If you missed it, this video was shared by LeBron James, so we can safely assume he’s backing Chappelle’s candidate choice, too.

Meek Mill

Endorses: Tom Wolf for Pennsylvania Senate

Meek Mill has publicly voiced his support for Pennsylvania’s Democratic candidate Tom Wolf. The move isn’t exactly surprising, seeing as Wolf issued the statement below that supported Mill’s release from jail earlier this year. Luckily for Wolf, Mill’s backing carries quite a bit of clout with young voters.

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