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Trump Gets Support Of NY Republican Chairman

Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
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Donald Trump is receiving the endorsement of the head of New York state's Republican Party. Ed Cox, the party's chairman, had vowed to stay neutral before his state's primary on Tuesday.

But Cox, the son-in-law of former President Richard Nixon, announced on Thursday that he would be backing the Republican front-runner.

He said that Trump had "energized Americans who felt disenfranchised" and ignored by the government.

Trump rolled to victory in the state's primary, winning all but one of the state's counties — his home of Manhattan.

Trump and Cox have previously had a strained relationship. The celebrity businessman had criticized Cox for not clearing the Republican field so Trump could run for governor in 2014.

Trump eventually opted against that run. Both men have said their relationship has improved.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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