First lady fundraises for female candidates

Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaObama: I don’t always eat exactly 7 almonds Scarborough sees link to Reagan in Obama convention speech Clinton at risk of being upstaged 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 McConnellPeter Thiel does not make the GOP pro-gay Reid: Trump is a 'hateful con man' McAuliffe: Clinton won't move TPP without changes MORE (R-Ky.); Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenDemocrats ‘freaked out’ about polls in meeting with Clinton GMO labeling bill advances in the Senate over Dem objections Overnight Defense: US blames ISIS for Turkey attack | Afghan visas in spending bill | Army rolls up its sleeves 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 HaganDemocratic National Convention event calendar 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2016 Senate Republicans are feeling the 'Trump effect' MORE (D-N.C.) and Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuBrazile’s new role? Clean up DNC mess oil is changing the world and Washington Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm 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 KlobucharTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense Senate Dems push Obama for more Iran transparency Senators launch broadband caucus MORE (D-Minn.), Tammy BaldwinTammy BaldwinOvernight Healthcare: Major insurer expands ObamaCare presence | Charges dropped for Planned Parenthood videomakers FDA explores changes to blood donation for gay men Tim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense MORE (D-Wis.) Heidi HeitkampHeidi HeitkampFeds weigh minimum train crew sizes Senate Dems push Obama for more Iran transparency Emerging technology-based consensus may help clear the air MORE (D-N.D.), and Mazie HironoMazie HironoDem senator's name misspelled on convention screen Overnight Finance: Senate sends Puerto Rico bill to Obama | Treasury, lawmakers to meet on tax rules | Obama hits Trump on NAFTA | Fed approves most banks' capital plans Senate Dems pledge to keep fighting over Zika 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."

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