In the first quarter of 2012, Senate Democratic incumbents Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) raised $2.3 million, $1 million and $1.5 million, respectively. Senate candidates Elizabeth Warren, running in Massachusetts; Rep. Tammy Baldwin, seeking a seat in Wisconsin; and Mazie Hirono, running in Hawaii, raised $6.9 million, $2 million and more than $1 million, respectively.
Senate Republicans are clearly sensitive to the narrative. Their pocket cards explicitly cite statistics on women, such as that the “Poverty rate for women is at a 17-year high” and “567,000 fewer women working today than when Obama took office,” for Members to relay to voters.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.