Democratic women join to raise money in states that will help decide US Senate majority

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — Democratic women are teaming up to raise campaign cash in key states that will help decide the Senate majority.

Incumbent senators and hopefuls formed the Blue Senate 2014 joint fundraising committee on Aug. 13.

The candidates involved are Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Natalie Tennant in West Virginia and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.

In 2012, President Barack Obama lost four of the women's five states. Obama won New Hampshire by about 6 percentage points.

Republicans need to pick up six Senate seats to take the majority from Democrats.

Hagan has been the best fundraiser of the bunch. She raised $12.7 million and had $8.7 million in her campaign account through June. Hagan faces Republican challenger Thom Tillis, the North Carolina House speaker.

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