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April 13, 2014

Obama, Republicans compete for support among women

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Aides say the president will focus more in the coming weeks on workplace flexibility and the need for child care, including universal prekindergarten.

Neil Newhouse, pollster for Mitt Romney's Republican presidential campaign in 2012, helps conduct nonpartisan focus groups of moms who shop at Walmart. He said the Democrats' performance this year depends entirely on their ability to turn out critical groups of voters, including women, who sided with Obama in 2012.

"All the work we've done with Walmart moms is that these women feel abandoned by Washington, abandoned by their political leaders. This eight-year plus recession has drained them emotionally and financially, and they don't look to Washington any more for help," Newhouse said. "The voters who are most motivated right now to vote in the midterm are Republicans and conservatives. But that's seven months away, several lifetimes in politics. Anything can happen."

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