Senate control could rest with well-funded women

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate control could lie in the hands of female candidates and the deep-pocketed donors — like former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg — who send them cash.

So far this election cycle, donors have handed over $46 million to a collection of political committees and candidates linked to Emily's List. That group and its affiliates back female contenders who support abortion rights.

The Emily's List network raises more than most other outside groups, including the GOP-backing American Crossroads and the Club for Growth. In July, billionaire Bloomberg wrote a $2 million check to Emily's List's super PAC.

Republicans need to pick up six seats in the Senate to grab control. Female lawmakers and candidates could decide the climate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's time in office.

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