Women candidates, voters could decide Senate

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Updated: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 01:15:19 EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Women voters could hold the key to victory in the battle to control the Senate during the final two years of President Barack Obama's tenure.

Democrats are trying to replicate the "gender gap" that benefits their party in presidential election years by boasting about their female candidates and emphasizing issues like pay equity, insurance coverage for contraception, education and health care. Republicans, too, are running women candidates and bristling at the familiar claim by Democrats that the GOP is waging a "war on women." But Republicans believe 2014 will be a more traditional midterm election year, with an older, whiter electorate that gives Democrats trouble.

They note that Democrats must run Senate races in states where Obama — and his signature health care law — remain unpopular.

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