Trump picks up seventh lawmaker endorsement

Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAssange meets U.S. congressman, vows to prove Russia did not leak him documents A history lesson on the Confederacy for President Trump GOP senator: Trump hasn't 'changed much' since campaign 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 CruzThe media couldn't be more blatant in distorting Trump's words on Charlottesville Curtis wins GOP primary for House seat vacated by Jason Chaffetz Kimmel: Let’s make Trump a king so he has no power MORE and John Kasich and forcing Marco RubioMarco RubioScarborough: Trump has chosen the 'wrong side' THE MEMO: Trump reignites race firestorm RNC spokeswoman: GOP stands behind Trump's message 'of love and inclusiveness' 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 SessionsJefferson (Jeff) SessionsFBI opens tip line requesting information on Charlottesville rally Sessions rails against Chicago during visit to Miami DOJ warrant of Trump resistance site triggers alarm 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.