- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - 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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