Trump picks up seventh lawmaker endorsement

Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSchiff: Obama's delayed response to Russian interference 'a very serious mistake' The Memo: GOP pushes Trump to curb Mueller attacks At center of Qatar crisis, a billion ransom MORE's outsider campaign has picked up its seventh congressional endorsement.

In endorsing Trump, Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) this week became the second New York Republican to throw his support behind the controversial businessman.
 
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Reed decided to support Trump after the billionaire's string of victories in four more state primaries on Tuesday, adding to his delegate lead over rivals Ted CruzTed CruzDem senator: GOP's healthcare approach will 'devastate Medicaid' GOP at decisive moment on Planned Parenthood Trump: ‘I cannot imagine’ GOP senators don’t back healthcare bill MORE and John Kasich and forcing Marco RubioMarco RubioWill Republicans stand up to the NRA's insurrection rhetoric? The Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill Ivanka Trump turns to House GOP on paid family leave MORE out of the race.
 
"Now is the time to unite behind the candidate who I believe will be our nominee, Donald Trump," Reed said in a statement Wednesday, according to Syracuse.com.
 
"We must move beyond the bombastic rhetoric to positive discussion about creating jobs and improving the lives of all Americans. We all care about improving people's lives — that should always be our focus," Reed added.
 
Reed initially backed Jeb Bush's presidential campaign. Bush dropped out in late February after poor showings in early-voting states.
 
Fellow New York Rep. Chris Collins last month became the first congressional Republican to back Trump. Four other representatives and Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsJustice Department developing strategies to shut down ‘sanctuary cities’: report Sally Yates slams Sessions on criminal justice reform Preet Bharara emailed DOJ about phone call from Trump: report MORE (R-Ala.) have since backed Trump, along with three governors.
 
Trump's endorsements pale in comparison to those for Cruz, who boasts nearly 30 congressional endorsements. Kasich has nine lawmakers backing his campaign. Several who had supported Bush and Rubio have since backed Cruz.