Last month, American singer, Taylor Swift, has broken her years of political silence to endorse on Instagram two Democratic candidates running in her state of Tennessee in the upcoming midterm elections. “In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events [...] in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now,” she wrote in a long post. She stated that she “couldn’t support” Marsha Blackburn, the Republican candidate for the Senate endorsed by Donald Trump, and encouraged her 112 million Instagram followers to register to vote in time for the midterms. After she posted her statement, the US voter registration service experienced a spike in numbers, with 65,000 new registrations in the next 24 hours!
to endorse to approve of, support / to run, ran, run to be a candidate in an election / upcoming coming soon / midterm elections (US) general elections in the US that are held near the midpoint of the four-year presidential term. All 435 seats in the US House of Representatives, and the full terms for 33 or 34 of the 100 seats in the Senate are up for election / to be reluctant to to be unwilling to, hesitate to / to voice to express / post here, message / to state to indicate, declare / follower subscriber, fan / to register to enrol (on the electoral list), to sign up / spike sudden increase.