First lady fundraises for female candidates

Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaMovie on Obamas earns M in opening weekend Is Hillary the perfect female politician? Melania Trump's convention speechwriter paid 6 last month MORE raised funds Monday for female Democratic Senate candidates in New York.

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"We are just six seats away from losing the Senate — just six. That’s how close these midterm elections are," the first lady said in her remarks.

She implored the crowd to back Michelle Nunn in Georgia; Natalie Tennant in West Virginia; Alison Lundergan Grimes, who's challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellJuan Williams: Trump's race politics will destroy GOP Rank-and-file Republicans fear lame-duck vote on pricey funding bill Clinton, Trump sharpen attacks MORE (R-Ky.); Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenTaxpayers should be wary of false sugar reform proposals 10 things candidates need to know about women entrepreneurs Dem senators to GOP: Dump Trump MORE (D-N.H.), who's feeling the heat from speculation former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) will move to New Hampshire and challenge her; and Sens. Kay HaganKay HaganClinton's lead in NC elevates Senate race Democratic National Convention event calendar 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2016 MORE (D-N.C.) and Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuFive reasons the Trump campaign is in deep trouble Louisiana gov: Trump helped 'shine a spotlight' on flood recovery Giuliani: Trump 'more presidential' than Obama in Louisiana visit MORE (D-La.), who are top Republican targets. 

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sees all six races as vital to the party's hopes of retaining the Senate.

Democrats believe they can benefit next fall from support from women voters, a voting bloc that boosted President Obama and other Democratic candidates in 2012. 

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Obama noted how the Democratic Senate had helped pass her husband's agenda. She touted the Affordable Care Act — but didn't mention the problems with its web site —  the Recovery Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

The minimum cost to attend was $250 and more than 300 donors were in attendance, a DSCC spokesperson said, according to the pool report. The DSCC did not release a figure on how much money was raised.

Obama has upped her fundraising for the Democrats heading into the midterms.

"I hate doing this," she told the crowd. "I love you all, but I hate asking you guys for stuff — and I've gotten pretty good at it."

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