Democrats are counting on female and minority voters to keep control of the Senate, they repeatedly indicated at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Commitee event Tuesday afternoon.

The event showcased Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) and Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and DSCC Chair Patty Murray repeatedly emphasized the large number of Democratic women running this year and how important to her "changing the face of the Senate" was.


Most of the Democrats in at-risk seats need to do well with women voters and drive up Hispanic and other minority vote totals in order to win. "When we talk about the American dream a lot of us are not far from the immigrant experience. I am an immigrant," said Hirono, who if she wins would become the first Asian-American woman ever elected to the Senate. 

Berkley, whose success depends heavily on turning out Nevada's large Hispanic population to vote, also emphasized her family's immigrant story. "I am the granddaughter of immigrants in this country who couldn't speak English. They came to this country in order to escape the Holocaust," she said. " I grew up hearing stories of what life was like for them before they came to the United States and what their dream was when they came to our shores. I often think of myself of my grandparents’ American dream."

The DSCC has been touting its success recruiting women this cycle for weeks, pointing out that they have six female incumbent senators running and five likely Democratic nominees — including the three congresswomen as well as Harvard Professor Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts and former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp.

But one female Democrat was left off the list: Murray emphasized her support for Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) over former Connecticut Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz in that Sente contest.

Murray did not only tout women — she also mentioned former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona as top recruits.

Republicans fired back, attacking the candidates on economic issues. "Democrats lost seven Senate seats last cycle, and independent voters by wide margins, because their message and their candidates were to the far left of most voters in their states," said National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brian Walsh. "Whether it’s in Wisconsin, Nevada, North Dakota, or elsewhere, it’s remarkable to watch history already begin to repeat itself.  This election will be a referendum on the Democrats’ economy and every single Senate Democrat candidate is going to have a very tough time defending their record of 9% unemployment, a $15 trillion debt, and job-killing tax hikes on America’s small businesses."

The event was held at the Sewall-Belmont House, a museum for the women's suffrage movement.