(AP) - Win or lose, Democrats hope this week's Senate showdown over raising the federal minimum will help them during the November elections.
The Senate will vote Wednesday to gradually raise the $7.25 hourly minimum wage to $10.10 as soon as 2016.
Republicans are expected to block it.
Nearly two-thirds of those earning $7.25 or less are women. Nearly half are people under age 25.
Both groups tend to vote Democratic, and Democrats hope this week's vote will win their backing this November.