New York Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy didn't waste much time in pointing out where his party did well Tuesday night: It was pretty much all over in places the GOP hoped to compete.
Republicans won back the Nassau County executive office and the district attorney offices in Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island. They made gains in Westchester County, and in other suburban bellwethers like Colonie in Albany County. And they were able to expand a small minority on the New York City Council.
At the same time, a push against a trio of proposed amendments to the state's constitution Republicans argued could have helped Democrats with changes to the state's redistricting process and voting laws were rejected.
But can this turn into a broader statewide success for Republicans in 2022? It may be a tall order given the Democratic enrollment advantage in New York, and even with Republican success in Virginia and a too-close-to-call race in neighboring New Jersey.
"I think we did extremely well in the suburbs. We made great gains in New York City," Langworthy said, pointing to the success in the suburbs.
"That is the recipe," he added. "People have had a enough. They want two-party government."
Republicans are shut out of power statewide in New York and Democrats hold supermajorities in the state Senate and Assembly. Much of the focus in recent weeks has been on the growing number of Democratic gubernatorial candidates or likely candidates jumping in the race.
And statewide elections likely remain under the radar for most voters in New York. Polling has shown candidates in both parties with low name recognition. That could change if and when the campaigns heat up heading into a June primary.
One of the GOP hopefuls, former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, said in a statement voters went to the polls based on concerns over taxes, education policy and fatigue with COVID-19 measures.
"People voted for balance and a return to normalcy," he said, "and they clearly said no to radicalism."