Reproductive rights on center stage for Democrats
DENVER, CO - Democrats defending their Senate majority this year are increasingly relying on an issue once seen as a wash with voters: reproductive rights.
U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado has made it a centerpiece of his campaign to stave off a strong challenge from GOP Rep. Cory Gardner. And from Alaska to Florida, Democrats are highlighting their support for abortion rights to try to drive left-leaning single women to the polls in November.
It's also been a focal point of the campaign in against Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. The 18-year incumbent is being challenged by Congressman Bill Cassidy of Baton Rouge and Rob Maness, both republicans.
Republicans say the Democrats are overplaying the point. In Colorado, Gardner has fought back against Udall by disavowing a measure that could grant legal rights to a fertilized egg and advocating for over-the-counter sales of birth control pills.
Nationally, Republicans must gain a net six seats to win control of the Senate.