G.O.P. Could Loosen Up With Senate Loss

GENEVA—Bill Nojay, an upstate Republican activist and radio talk show host, said he sees a silver lining in Republicans losing the State Senate, which they had controlled all but one of the last 70 years.

"It used to be when a state senator walked into the room and laid something down, that was it," Nojay said over eggs at a downtown cafe. "Now that they've lost that power, I think it's going to be a more fluid mix."

If it happens, political types within the party who have been marginalized in recent memory may gain power. Earlier this week, State Party Chairman Joe Mondello said he was hoping to build up his party's bench in the wake of recent electoral defeats. G.O.P. Could Loosen Up With Senate Loss