Trump picks up seventh lawmaker endorsement

Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: I won't move press briefing room Trump rips NBC News on jobs report: Its 'fake news' DeVos: 'Yes' Trump's comments in leaked audio describe sexual assault 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 CruzGraham, Cruz proposal to defund the U.N. is misguided Right renews push for term limits as Trump takes power Dissenting nominees give hope to GOP skeptics of Trump MORE and John Kasich and forcing Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio wades into Trump-Lewis feud 19 companies that Trump has tweeted about Ex-Dem gov: I would have picked Giuliani over Tillerson 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 SessionsSenate panel sets vote on Sessions for AG Dems want Sessions to recuse himself from Trump-Russia probe Trump’s marijuana options 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.