Shaheen has received the backing of EMILY's List. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
EMILY’s List, the Democratic group that backs female candidates who support abortion rights, has endorsed Democratic Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.
“For the past four years, Senators Hagan and Shaheen have been tireless advocates for women and families in Congress,” EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock said in a press release. “Both became the first Democratic women to represent their state in the Senate with the help of the EMILY’s List Community,
Shaheen enters the cycle in much better re-election shape than Hagan. New Hampshire delivered for President Barack Obama, who won the swing state by 6 points, and both of its House seats swung back to the Democrats in 2012. More importantly, there is no obvious Republican challenger to Shaheen at this point. Hagan is one of the most vulnerable members of the Democratic caucus, and her state went for Mitt Romney in 2012, despite a strong Obama ground operation.
Few will dispute that EMILY’s List is riding high after the 2012 cycle. The organization dramatically increased its membership, in large part to a reaction from Republican candidate gaffes and anti-abortion policies.