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New York isn’t a battleground state in the presidential election – but it will be for control of Congress, Democrats said Monday.

“At least eight seats are in play in New York,” said Assemb. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn). “Whatever happens in New York State is going to determine the fate of the House of Representatives. New York is the single-most significant congressional battleground in the state.”

Jeffries is running for Congress himself, but is an overwhelming favorite in a heavily Democratic district. But there are numerous other seats up for grabs.

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Among them are seats held by four Democrats: Reps. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton); Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh); Louise Slaughter (D-Rochester); and Kathy Hochul (D-Amherst).

And there are seats held by four Republicans: Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island); Nan Hayworth (R-Bedford); Ann Marie Buerkle (R-Syracuse); and Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook).

Jeffries said that while President Barack Obama has a comfortable, 20-point lead over Republican Mitt Romney in New York, Democrats need to come out in strong numbers to support House candidates.

“That’s why I think you’re going to see a very active, very engaged campaign all across New York State,” Jeffries said after firing up the crowd at the New York Democratic delegation’s kick-off breakfast.