“In an election year where control of the Senate is up for grabs, women are leading the way toward victory for Democrats. Susan Bysiewicz has the tenacity and strength to be a great senator for Connecticut,” EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock said in a statement.

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Although the DSCC has put forward a strategy of promoting strong female Senate candidates as part of its plan to retain control of the Senate in 2012, Bysiewicz did not make the cut, and DSCC Chairwoman Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayChildren’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Overnight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Schumer calls for attaching ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance MORE (Wash.) told reporters two weeks ago that she expected Murphy to win.

Bysiewicz used to slight as an opportunity to draw a contrast between herself and Murphy, whom she deemed the “insider favorite” of Washington special interests.

Bysiewicz, a former Connecticut secretary of state who has raised $1.25 million for her Senate bid, is competing to be the Democratic nominee to replace the retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.). The primary winner is expected to face either wrestling executive Linda McMahon or former Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) in the general election.