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Bill Clinton campaigns in Syracuse, Rochester for congressional races

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WKTV/AP) - Former President Bill Clinton spent Friday afternoon in upstate New York, helping out three fellow Democrats in their congressional races.

Clinton headlined two well-attended rallies on Friday, the first in Syracuse to endorse Dan Maffei's challenge to Republican freshman Ann Marie Buerkle for the 24th Congressional District seat.

A Rochester rally followed to endorse the re-election campaigns of Reps. Louise Slaughter and Kathy Hochul in their western New York districts.

Flanked by the two congresswomen as he took the stage, Clinton grabbed each of their hands and raised them overhead.

Slaughter is being challenged by Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks in the 25th District. Hochul faces former Erie County Executive Chris Collins in the neighboring 27th District.

In 2010, Clinton made a visit to Utica for the same reason, to endorse Democrat Michael Arcuri who was running for reelection to the 24th Congressional District seat. He lost to Republican challenger Richard Hanna. Parts of that old 24th district seat, including Utica, are now part of the newly-formed 22nd district.

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