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New York GOP to tap new leader as party looks to bounce back

Posted at 1:11 PM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 13:29:17-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Republicans in New York are picking a new chairman as the state party seeks to recover from recent political and legislative defeats.

State party leaders will gather in Albany on Monday to formally select Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy to replace outgoing chairman Ed Cox.

Democrats won a majority of Senate seats last fall, giving them one-party control of state government and total dominance over the agenda in Albany.

Langworthy had launched a bid earlier this year to replace Cox, who some Republicans blame for recent election losses. Cox announced his plans to leave the state party after several local party chairmen announced their support for Langworthy's challenge.

Cox, former President Richard Nixon's son-in-law, had led the party since 2009 and will now join President Donald Trump's re-election campaign.