The woes of the Republican Party statewide in New York are well known: A 2-to-1 enrollment gap, shut out of statewide office, hasn’t held a statewide office since 2006 and in the minority in both chambers of the Legislature.

Incoming Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy, however, isn’t deterred.

“It’s an exciting time,” Langworthy said at an Albany press conference with outgoing Chairman Ed Cox. “I think we are going to show a renewed fighting spirit in the Republican Party.”

Langworthy’s goal is to elect a Republican to the governor’s office — a feat not achieved since George Pataki won a third term in 2002.

“Beyond 2020, my mission and goal is to get us to the point where a Republican to occupy the second floor of the state Capitol,” he said. “That will be our mission critical to put the infrastructure in place across this state in order to win a statewide election for the first time since 2002.”

The event at the state party headquarters a block up the street from the state Capitol was meant to serve as a hand-the-baton moment between Cox and Langworthy. It was a generational and political shift, as well. Cox, though he’s joining the campaign of President Donald Trump, was skeptical of the New Yorker’s campaign early on. And Langworthy has been aligned in the past with populist Republican figures like 2010 candidate for governor Carl Paladino.

Before winning statewide, Langworthy pointed to the push to build enrollment and small-dollar donors, using the disparate data of Republicans in the Legislature and county parties. Langworthy will officially become chairman in July. He was able to wrap up a series of endorsements from Republican chairs in a challenge to Cox for the chairmanship.

“The party is unified and we are passing the baton to a very vigorous new chair,” Cox said flanked next to Langworthy. “We are unified as a party with respect to the former chair, the new chair.”

But Republicans could face a daunting task again in 2020 after losing the state Senate majority and congressional seats over the last several cycles.

Trump, the first New Yorker to occupy the White House since Franklin Roosevelt, remains deeply unpopular in his home state. Langworthy, however, was hopeful the president would turn out to be a boon for Republicans in some districts.

“I think you have to look at the economy and what is going to be a pocketbook election,” he said. “And the Trump economy is on fire.”