Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaWeek ahead: Net neutrality supporters rally on rule's second anniversary 5 ways politics could steal the show at Oscars Why cutting back ‘free’ school lunches would be a favor to families 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 McConnellMarch is the biggest month for GOP in a decade This week: Trump makes first address to Congress Week ahead: Confirmation votes lined up for Energy, Interior picks MORE (R-Ky.); Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenDem senator asks for 'top to bottom' review of Syria policy A guide to the committees: Senate Mattis on rise in Trump administration 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 HaganLinking repatriation to job creation Former Sen. Kay Hagan in ICU after being rushed to hospital GOP senator floats retiring over gridlock MORE (D-N.C.) and Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuFive unanswered questions after Trump's upset victory Pavlich: O’Keefe a true journalist Trump’s implosion could cost GOP in Louisiana Senate race 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. 

Also spotted at the luncheon were Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDrug importation won't save dollars or lives Senators ask feds for ‘full account’ of work to secure election from cyber threats Sanders, not Trump, is the real working-class hero MORE (D-Minn.), Tammy BaldwinTammy BaldwinBuyer beware: Not all 'milk' is created equal A guide to the committees: Senate GOP loses top Senate contenders MORE (D-Wis.) Heidi HeitkampHeidi HeitkampDem 2020 hopefuls lead pack in opposing Trump Cabinet picks The buzzword everyone can agree on in the health debate: RESTORE Greens launch ads against two GOP senators for Pruitt votes MORE (D-N.D.), and Mazie HironoMazie HironoA guide to the committees: Senate Senate Dems move to nix Trump's deportation order Warren: GOP ramming DeVos 'down the throats of the American people' MORE (D-Hawaii), according to a White House pool report.

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."