Recent polling shows Romney is closing in on Obama's long-held advantage with women voters. A Quinnipiac University poll of Florida voters released Wednesday showed women in that crucial swing state are evenly divided, with 45 percent saying they will back Obama and 44 percent supporting Romney. The Republican's campaign has pushed hard in recent weeks to narrow the gap in female support by focusing on how the economic downturn has hurt women.
Democratic messaging on the Paycheck Fairness Act has already begun.
Sen. Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat, linked the bill to the top political issue of this election, the economy, and called on her Republican colleagues to think hard about opposing it. As chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Murray is charged with electing Democrats to the Senate in a year when the party's majority is in jeopardy.