Celebrities Lose Big: How Endorsements From Taylor Swift, Oprah and More Worked Out in the Midterms

Posted: Nov 07, 2018 1:40 PM
Celebrities Lose Big: How Endorsements From Taylor Swift, Oprah and More Worked Out in the Midterms

A host of prominent celebrities waded into the midterm elections over the past few months to lend their endorsements mostly to far-left Democratic candidates.

However, most of these celebrity-endorsed candidates lost their midterm election races. Here are the results of some of the most high-profile endorsements.

Taylor Swift

In perhaps one of the most noticed celebrity endorsements of the midterms, Taylor Swift broke her long political silence to endorse former Tennesse Gov. Phil Bredesen over GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee’s Senate race.

“As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn,” Swift wrote in an Instagram post. “I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives.”

Blackburn trounced Bredesen for the Senate seat Tuesday night.

Swift did get half her wish, however, with Rep. Jim Cooper easily winning his 9th term in the U.S. House of Representatives, but the Nashville Democrat was already expected to win in the heavily Democratic 5th District of Tennessee prior to the pop star’s endorsement.


R&B icon Rihanna threw her support behind far-left Florida Governor candidate Andrew Gillum in a Twitter and Instagram post.

“FLORIDA: You have the opportunity to make history this election,” she wrote.

Gillum conceded to GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis Tuesday evening after a very close race.

DJ Khaled & P. Diddy

Sean “Diddy” Combs and DJ Khaled performed at a rally concert for Gillum at Florida A&M University the night before the election.

Dave Chappelle

Actor and comedian Dave Chappelle campaigned for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, even going door to door for him. Jealous was proposing a leftist agenda in Maryland including tuition-free college and Medicare for all.

Popular incumbent GOP Governor Larry Hogan easily won re-election in the deep blue state despite Chappelle’s efforts.


Oprah Winfrey went to Georgia to campaign on behalf of Democrat Stacey Abrams for governor. Her visit prompted Vice President Mike Pence to joke that, “this ain’t Hollywood - this is Georgia,” at a rally where he campaigned on behalf of her GOP opponent Brian Kemp.

So far, Abrams is refusing to concede the race despite Kemp’s lead and is hoping for a runoff.

“Kemp was just over 15,000 votes above the threshold to avoid a runoff,” Lauren Groh-Wargo, Abrams’s campaign manager, told The Washington Post. She estimates, “there are at least that many outstanding mail-in ballots that have yet to be counted in Democratic-leaning counties.”

Willie Nelson

Famed country singer Willie Nelson headlined a campaign event for Beto O’Rourke in September and even joined with him in a rendition of “On the Road Again.”

O’Rourke lost to incumbent GOP Sen. Ted Cruz Tuesday. Cruz got 50.9 percent of the vote compared to O’Rourke’s 48.3 percent.

Eva Longoria

Actress Eva Longoria endorsed O'Rourke on Twitter in both English and Spanish.

“Beto believes in us and supports us,” she wrote. “He supports healthcare for all and he’s going to fight for our kids futures and invest in our public school system so that every kid has a chance to succeed.”

Queen Bey

Beyonce caught Betomania late in the game Tuesday and posted some Instagram pictures of herself in a Beto O’Rourke hat in support of the Democrat running against Cruz.

LeBron James

Los Angeles Laker Lebron James wore an O'Rourke hat before a game against the Spurs in San Antonio. He has also praised Beto on social media.

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