ID=5798611WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats may stage a campaign-season Senate vote as early as next week on their effort to increase the federal minimum wage - even though the measure seems doomed to lose again.

They're also hoping to revisit a pair of other issues this month that like the minimum wage were scuttled earlier this year by Republicans.

One would let people refinance student loans at lower interest rates. The other would pressure employers to pay female workers the same as men.

All three measures seem sure to lose.

But congressional elections in which Republicans hope to capture Senate control are less than eight weeks away. Democrats and their supporters see the issues as a chance to win over working-class, female and younger voters - groups that often back Democratic candidates.