EMILY's List endorses Hagan, Shaheen for reelection

EMILY's List is out with its first two endorsements of the 2014 electoral cycle, throwing its support to incumbent Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).

"For the past four years, Senators Hagan and Shaheen have been tireless advocates for women and families in Congress," said EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock. "Both became the first Democratic women to represent their state in the Senate with the help of the EMILY's List Community, a group that has more than quintupled to two million members and is excited to once again support their candidacies."

Both senators hail from swing states and could face tough reelection campaigns, though Shaheen looks pretty safe in the polls.

The deep-pocketed organization, which backs Democratic women who support abortion rights, had one of the better track records with endorsements in the 2012 elections, making the difference in a number of primaries and helping push some candidates in the general election. All six of the Senate incumbents it endorsed last election won, though that's true of all of the Senate Democrats who ran for reelection.

Schriock went on to attack the GOP for its "war on women."

"During the 2012 election, women voters made it clear that they want leaders like Senator Hagan and Senator Shaheen to continue fighting for policies like equal pay and violence prevention legislation, instead of Republicans who want to roll back the clock on women’s rights and opportunities," she said. "But Republicans haven’t gotten the message, and are doubling down on their anti-woman platform. That’s why we’re determined to build on the record number of women we’ve helped elect to the Senate, and send Hagan and Shaheen back to Washington so they can keep on fighting to end the Republican War on Women and move this country forward."