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Just eight years after Republicans controlled both the White House and Congress, the GOP finds itself out of power and trying to figure out how to rebound while its foe seems to grow ever stronger. The Democratic Party is empowered by a broadened coalition of voters -- including Hispanics and young voters -- who swung behind President Barack Obama's call for change.
Meanwhile, Bush left the White House with bottom-of-the-barrel job approval ratings, Republicans saw their ranks in Congress grow even smaller and the party finds itself without a standard-bearer.
Perhaps even more damaging to the GOP, the slice of the country that calls itself Republican has shrunk over the past few years as Obama and his Democrats attracted voters of all political stripes.
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