Published: Nov 12, 2010 9:44 PM EST
Updated: Nov 12, 2010 6:44 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Karen Thurman is quitting as Florida Democratic Party chairwoman.

The former congresswoman and state lawmaker announced her retirement Friday, 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 the Senate.

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.