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April 30, 2014

Candidates seek female votes key to Senate control

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Anzalone noted that Tillis, who serves as North Carolina House speaker, would have to answer for cutting financing for public education. As she awaits the GOP primary that Tillis is favored to win, Hagan has already criticized the legislature for a rightward lurch that she says hurts women.

Nunn, who also must wait for Republican primary results, declares that all of her potential fall opponents are "running to the extremes," while she trumpets herself as a "moderate voice" and "a problem-solver."

Many of the female Democratic candidates have echoed Landrieu on health care, defending specific provisions of the Affordable Care Act that find favor among women and independents: allowing children to stay on family policies until age 26 and banning insurers from denying coverage based on existing health conditions.

In Colorado, the wrangling is apparent even in an all-male race. Democrats backing Udall have attacked Republican Rep. Cory Gardner for his previous support of a "personhood" amendment, a provision that recognizes legal rights for fetuses from conception. Gardner has since backed off, a signal of how sensitive the issue could be in the perennially competitive state.

Some Republicans, meanwhile, follow Land's lead from Michigan and answer Democrats with mockery and indignation.

McConnell campaign aides dismiss Grimes as a hypocrite for being slow to speak out against another prominent Kentucky Democrat — a state House member — accused of sexual harassment.

In Georgia, Karen Handel, the only woman in the seven-candidate Republican nomination fight, suggests that nominating a woman is the answer for the fall race. Standing alongside 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin at a recent campaign event, Handel told cheering supporters she'd welcome a matchup with Nunn.

"I would really love to see Michelle Nunn drop the 'war on women' on me," she said.

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Associated Polling Director Jennifer Agiesta in Washington, D.C., and AP writer Adam Beam in Frankfort, Ky., contributed to this report.

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