Bloomberg reports if New Hampshire gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan loses in November, the party would be without a female governor for the first time in 17 years.
"The stakes are too high right now to have a country where we don't have a single female Democratic governor in one of those offices," Jess McIntosh, a spokeswoman for Washington- based Emily's List, said in an interview.
Women aren't monolithic in their political views, and many have led the fights to ban access to abortion and contraception. Still, the gender as a whole tends to vote more Democratic, exit polls show. Obama won the female vote by 13 percentage points against John McCain, his Republican opponent in 2008. New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, a Democrat who chose not to seek a fifth two-year term, won it in 2010 by 20 points.
The fewer Democrats in power, the better, regardless of gender, said Rae Chornenky, president of the National Federation of Republican Women. The Alexandria, Virginia-based group encourages and helps female party members to run.
Democrats are "alleging this mythical Republican war on women," she said. "Taking aside one social issue gets us off the most important issue: the economy."