TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --
Karen Thurman is quitting as Florida Democratic Party chairwoman.
The former congresswoman and state lawmaker announced her
retirement Friday, November 12, just 10 days after Democrats took a drubbing in this year's election.
Some Democrats began calling for her resignation just hours
after the vote-count ended.
Republicans swept all statewide races -- governor, U.S. senator,
attorney general, chief financial officer and agriculture
commissioner -- and picked up four congressional seats.
Democrats also lost five seats in the Florida House and two in
Thurman did not mention the election losses in a two-page letter
to party leaders, but wrote that she was looking forward to
spending more time with her family.