Republicans scrambling to regroup after defeat

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After Barack Obama?s decisive victory in the presidential election and the Democrats? sweep of the House and Senate, battered Republicans are already looking forward to next year's local elections.

On Tuesday, the GOP was dealt a crushing blow, with Democrats capturing 56 U.S. Senate seats and 254 seats in the House of Representatives.

In New York State, Republicans have also lost control of the state Senate after four decades in power, but some are still trying to find the silver lining.

Rockland GOP Chairman and state party Vice Chairman Vincent Reda is relieved that several Republican incumbents held onto their seats in the county despite enrollment that favors Democrats 3 to 1.

?Now they're in charge of everything,? Reda says. ?The ball is in their court. They're going to have to run.?

Eastchester Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita (R) thinks it is now time for Democrats to deliver on their promises.

?Everybody above me in every stratum is Democrat,? he says. ?But it's a double-edged sword.?

Next year, Colavita is considering a run for Westchester County executive against three-term incumbent Democrat Andy Spano.

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