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Obama, Republicans compete for support among women

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By NEDRA PICKLER

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and the Republican Party already are competing hard for the support of women in the November elections.

White House advisers say no group will be more important to Democrats' performance than unmarried women -- who are likely to vote Democratic.

Obama has been holding events at the White House and around the country promoting women's economic issues and he plans to do more.

Republicans say they learned important lessons from previous elections where women helped put Obama and other Democrats into office. This time, the GOP is promising an aggressive counterattack.

The Republican National Committee plans a new initiative to recruit and train women under 40 to help spread the party's message in the final 14 weeks of the campaign.

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