Hillary Clinton is killing the celeb endorsement game
Who is Taylor Swift going to vote for in the 2016 presidential election? What about Kanye West?
These questions might not seem all that important until you consider the fact that President Barack Obama may owe his presidency to media mogul and talk show host Oprah Winfrey. A study published in the Journal of Law, Economics & Organization in 2013 found that Winfrey’s endorsement of Obama over Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primary gained him over a million votes—more or less the same number of votes by which he beat Clinton.
Clinton seems to have learned that lesson and this time around has secured the endorsements of a number of influential personalities. Here are just a few of the celebs rooting for Team Hillary:
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
Kim Kardashian West posted a selfie with the Democratic frontrunner and her husband Kanye with the hashtag #HillaryforPresident.
Back in April in an interview with the Daily Beast, actor Robert DeNiro said, “I think that [Hillary Clinton]’s paid her dues. There are going to be no surprises, and she has earned the right to be president and the head of the country at this point. It’s that simple. And she’s a woman, which is very important because her take on things may be what we need right now.”
Girls creator Lena Dunham wrote the following on Instagram in honor of Clinton’s birthday on Monday: “Dear Madame Secretary, this is a great excuse to tell you that I admire you, am inspired by you (especially this week when you took so much in your powerful stride) and, most importantly, I think you look great with an up do as well as a down do.”
Hip hop producer Pharrell Williams showed his support for Clinton when he told GQ back in March: “Hillary’s gonna win. Listen, I’m reaching out to her right now. She’s gonna win.”
In May, a fan account tweeted a photo of Beyonce with the caption: “Beyonce steps out in support of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Campaign Event.” Queen Bey was reportedly attending a Clinton fundraiser in New York City.
This past Monday, former Los Angeles Lakers point guard and basketball star Magic Johnson tweeted a happy birthday message to Clinton, saying she “has [his] vote to be the next President of the United States!”
Katy Perry showed her support for Hillary by joining her on the campaign trail in swing state Iowa, as well as taking over her Instagram during the state rally. She posted a photo of the two holding hands on her own account, with a lengthy caption explaining her support.
These are just a few of the celebrities endorsing Clinton; Marie Claire has a more complete roundup of Clinton endorsers as well as celebrity supporters of other candidates.
Bernie Sanders (I-VT), like Clinton, is gunning for the Democratic nomination and has received support from comedienne Sarah Silverman and actress Susan Sarandon, according to Marie Claire. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has been endorsed by football star Tom Brady (sort of) and actress Kirstie Alley, while Ben Carson, who is catching up to Trump in the polls, received an endorsement from rocker Kid Rock, according to the same publication. Notably, neither Carly Fiorina nor Jeb Bush have received endorsements from high-profile celebrities.