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Nov282018

POLITICS (National, State/ New York): 2018 midterm elections, Republicans, New York: "Republicans Hit Bottom in New York. Can They Bounce Back?" ....

***2018 midterm elections, Republicans, New York....

* New York Times (Jesse McKinley):  "Republicans Hit Bottom in New York. Can They Bounce Back?" - From the NYT:

ALBANY — It is the party of Theodore Roosevelt, Nelson A. Rockefeller and, yes, President Trump. It led the New York State Senate for almost all of the last 75 years. And its backers include such deep-pocketed, well-connected interests as charter schools and New York City real estate moguls. But after an Election Day shellacking, the New York Republican Party has hit bottom. The party lost a whopping eight seats in the State Senate, evaporating its razor-thin majority, and got pounded by Democrats in every statewide race, extending a losing streak that dates to 2002.

The best that might be said for the Republicans was that they did not lose any ground in the State Assembly, where they are outnumbered by 64 seats. So come January, when the new Legislature is sworn in, not a single Republican in Albany will have so much as a committee chairmanship. All of which makes any Pollyannaish take rather difficult.

“Someday the Republican Party might come back,” said Gerry O’Brien, a longtime Republican consultant from Brooklyn who recently changed his party registration to become an independent. “But, of course, someday we’ll also have flying cars and personal jet packs.”

The news on a federal level was no better. Democrats claimed victory over three Republican House incumbents, including Representative Dan Donovan of Staten Island, leaving New York City without a single Republican representative. All told, 21 of the state’s 27 House members will be Democrats, as are both of its senators. (Senator Kirsten Gillibrand easily won her second full term on Election Day.) And one of the six Republican House members — Chris Collins of the Buffalo area — is under federal indictment.

Such a wipeout, and the prospect of a long stay in the political wilderness, has left Republican loyalists trying to find a way forward and the state party chairman, Edward F. Cox, trying to explain his, and his party’s, dismal performance ....................