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Give this woman a raise.

If our voters turn out, we win. It's something kos has written about repeatedly, and at their annual retreat, House Democrats are focusing on a key group of heavily Democratic voters who don't always turn out:

According to [Women's Voices Women Vote], there are 53 million unmarried women in the country, or 1 out of every 2 women, and in 2010, nearly 40 percent of unmarried women were not registered to vote.

Unmarried women, of all races, have been a key voting bloc for Democrats. In 2012, unmarrried women backed President Obama over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, 67 percent to 31 percent, according to a Washington Post/ABC poll.

But in the typical midterm story, many of these women, especially the Democratic-leaning ones, didn't turn out in 2010; the question is how to get them to turn out in 2014. Democrats see economic issues as key. Take the minimum wage:
“Are Republicans really going to block giving 15 million American women a raise? Are they prepared to tell one in four women in America that $7.25 an hour, which is barely enough to buy a couple gallons of gas, is enough for them to support themselves and their kids?” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash) at a press conference last month, where she was flanked by roughly half of the Senate women’s caucus. “If they are, what does blocking a minimum-wage increase say about their priorities when it comes to American women?”
Well, yes. Republicans are going to block that. And it's important to remember as Republicans try to adjust their messaging and get their candidates to say fewer Akin-style things about rape and abortion that the ways Republicans are terrible for women go beyond reproductive rights and sexual politics to questions like whether women can feed their families. Republicans will certainly help make that case, as they've done by repeatedly blocking emergency unemployment aid in recent weeks. Now it's on Democrats to make sure voters know what's going on, and then turn out the base to vote in November.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 07:14 AM PST.

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