Even in a state as blue as New York, Republican has suffered a number of disappointing defeats at the ballot box in recent years.
Queens once had a small but robust Republican base, sending both Serf Maltese and Frank Padavan to long careers in the State Senate, but both were defeated after decades in their posts from Democratic challengers.
And the borough once had three GOP council members. Today there is only one, and term limits are going to one day force Councilman Eric Ulrich from his seat, and Democrats have a good shot to take it back.
And in Brooklyn, longtime State Senator Marty Golden was just defeated by a Democratic challenger after running unopposed in the previous four elections.
Golden’s defeat was part of a larger loss in the State Senate, where the GOP lost its majority and last bastion of power in Albany. A Republican hasn’t won a statewide race since George Pataki in 2002.
Cox is technically stepping down, but the man who is going to replace him, Erie County Republican Nick Langworthy, has been working behind the scenes, courting the support of county chairs. Langworthy would have made it very difficult for Cox to remain in his current position even if he chose to do so.
Cox has been criticized for failing to grow the party in the state and grow a younger voting base. We’ll see if the new chair can be successful at it.