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November 8, 2006

Atlanta -- Georgia was a rare bright spot for the Republican Party, which staggered under a Democratic onslaught in many other parts of the country.

Republicans dominated 129 of Georgia's 159 counties. Governor Sonny Perdue cruised to re-election, and Republicans won in all but a handful of statewide races.  Georgia Democratic Party leaders are already talking about rebuilding the party for the future.  

After Mark Taylor made his concession speech and announced he was leaving politics, many Georgia Democratic leaders privately admitted their Party is in crisis.  State Representative Winfred Dukes said "well, we definitely have had a better night. We were expecting more."

Attorney General Thurbert Baker won re-election, but his little-known Republican challenger picked up 42 percent of the vote. Baker said the Georgia Democratic party needs to rebuild.  Baker said "what we have to do, certainly now, is to go back and see where we have had some success. To see what things have not gone as well,. Take the successes and make them even better."

Dukes said "we're looking forward to coming in and rebuilding on some of the goods things we have done. And try to see if we can make our party better."

With a Republican Governor and Lieutenant Governor and GOP Majorities in the state house and senate, Democrats were talking about working with Republicans.  Labor Commissioner Mike Thurmond said "I look forward to working to do what's right for the people of Georgia."

Dukes said "we are all Georgians. We all have the best interests of the citizens of the state of Georgia to heart. I'm sure we are going to find places we can work together."

Democrats know their dominance is Georgia is gone, and must start work to rebuild.  

 While Georgia Democrats talk about rebuilding, some state Republicans were already talking about building on their success. After his re-election, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine said he may seek higher office in four years.

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