Gore and Pelosi try to help out New York Democrats

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Al Gore in 2010. (Tom Raferty on Flickr)
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On Thursday afternoon, Nancy Pelosi and Al Gore will be the featured guests at a lunch to benefit the New York efforts of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Tickets to the luncheon, which start at $250 and go up to $20,000. The event benefits "The Committee for Battleground NY Victory Fund," and supports four incumbent Democrats facing tough races, along with four challengers who are part of the DCCC's "Red to Blue" program, which tries to unseat vulnerable Republican members.

The presence of Pelosi and Gore reflects the outsize importance New York plays in House races this fall, after the redrawing of the state's congressional lines was ceded to a federal court earlier this year. To the grumbling of some local Democrats, that process resulted in more competitive races across the state, which could allow Republicans to maintain some of their gains from 2010, despite being heavily outnumbered in New York.

The four incumbent members listed as beneficiaries of the event are Kathy Hochul, Tim Bishop, Louise Slaughter and Bill Owens. The four congressional hopefuls are Julian Schreibamn, Sean Patrick Maloney, Mark Murphy and Dan Maffei.

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The host committee includes several of New York's less vulnerable congressmembers, and one presumed winner, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, who won the Democratic nomination in June to replace retiring congressman Ed Towns, and has since been helping with DCCC's fund-raising efforts.

The lunch was also the prize for one of the omnipresent raffles this cycle, with Pelosi encouraging DCCC donors to enter, with at least a $3 donation.