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WASHINGTON — It’s one of the defining stories of the midterms: An explosion of Democratic women running for office in record numbers and outperforming male rivals in primaries, potentially reshaping the party for years to come.

Behind the scenes, Democratic women are looking to fuel the trend by expanding their reach within another historically male-dominated field: Political fundraising.

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Over several cycles, donors have helped lay the groundwork for a national network of women’s “giving circles,” an informal organization in which mostly upscale members pledge a minimum amount of cash toward candidates for an election cycle. The model is adapted from the philanthropy world, where similar groups pool together charitable donations.

The circles, many of which have an explicit focus on gender representation in Congress and statehouses, have become a fundraising stop for Democratic politicians like Sen. Tina Smith in Minnesota and gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in Georgia, complementing more established organizations like EMILY’s List, which backs women who support abortion rights.

“When people ask me, ‘How do I get involved?’ I say create a giving circle,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., told NBC News in an interview.

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