2018 midterm elections

Taylor Swift explains why she didn't endorse Hillary Clinton in 2016

Taylor Swift. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/WireImage via Getty Images

Taylor Swift told Vogue that she chose not to endorse Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election because she believed President Trump had "[weaponized] the idea of the celebrity endorsement."

"He was going around saying, 'I’m a man of the people. I’m for you. I care about you.' I just knew I wasn’t going to help."

Why it matters: Swift faced criticism for years for her silence on political issues, which changed with her endorsement of Tennessee Democrats during the 2018 midterms. That move caused thousands of people to register to vote, BuzzFeed News reported.

Which parties control each state legislature and governorship

Data: National Conference of State Legislatures; Note: Nebraska’s legislature is non-partisan and D.C. does not have a governor; Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

Heading into 2020, Republicans hold 27 governors' mansions while Democrats have 23. The GOP controls 30 state legislatures to Democrats' 19. Nebraska has a unicameral, non-partisan legislature.

Why it matters: Where the country heads on a number of key issues including abortion, gerrymandering, Medicaid, minimum wage, paid family leave, criminal justice and infrastructure is determined by action at the state level.