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Where notable Republicans from Long Island stand on Donald Trump

See where some notable Long Island Republicans stand on the candidacy of Donald Trump, the GOP presidential nominee.

Edward Mangano, Nassau County executive

WHERE HE STANDS: Mangano endorsed Trump at his
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WHERE HE STANDS: Mangano endorsed Trump at his Bethpage rally on April 6, 2016, saying the nation needed a president who could deliver a strong economy for New York and the country. "Donald Trump will deliver that strong economy," he said.

John Jay LaValle, Suffolk Republican Party chairman

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WHERE HE STANDS: "We are proud to stand behind Donald Trump," LaValle said when he introduced the GOP front-runner at a party fundraiser at The Emporium in Patchogue on April 14, 2016.

Christopher McGrath, State Senate candidate

WHERE HE STANDS: The Hewlett attorney, right, who
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WHERE HE STANDS: The Hewlett attorney, right, who lost a close special election to Assemb. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) for Dean Skelos' former State Senate seat earlier this year, did not make an endorsement during the presidential primary, the New York Daily News noted. McGrath and Kaminsky are having a rematch Nov. 8. McGrath is seen with Nassau GOP leader Joseph Mondello at the podium waiting for election results at the Nassau County Republican Committee headquarters in Westbury on April 19, 2016.

Rep. Peter King

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WHERE HE STANDS: "I will vote for him and I will endorse him," the Seaford congressman said after Trump became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. He said he would like to help the candidate "fill in the gaps to make his defense and security policies more cohesive and coherent."
King previously supported former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and then Florida Sen. Marco Rubio during the primaries.
After House Speaker Paul Ryan said he would not campaign for Trump or defend him on Oct. 10, 2016, King said he understood the speaker has his own priorities. "Paul has to do what he has to do. In my own case, I'm still supporting Trump," King said. "Paul is looking at 247 seats [held by Republicans]. I'm looking at one."

Rep. Lee Zeldin

WHERE HE STANDS: The Shirley congressman has endorsed
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WHERE HE STANDS: The Shirley congressman has endorsed Trump. "Even though I don't agree with Donald Trump on everything, and I think there may be certain things or statements of his that I may disagree with, he is a better candidate by far than Hillary Clinton," Zeldin said.
Zeldin called Trump's comments about women in a 2005 video "indefensible and wrong" at a candidate forum on Oct. 10, 2016, but said he still supports Trump.
"He's running against Hillary Clinton and she shouldn't be commander in chief," Zeldin said. "She's not better suited to be picking Supreme Court justices. She has horrible conflicts of interest because of the Clinton Foundation."

State Sen. Jack Martins

WHERE HE STANDS: Martins, who is giving up
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WHERE HE STANDS: Martins, who is giving up his Old Westbury State Senate seat to run for the position opening up in the 3rd Congressional District, did not endorse during the presidential primary.
Martins said he is "deeply troubled by my party's nominee for president," Newsday reported Oct. 30, 2016. But he said he will vote for Trump because if Democrat Hillary Clinton is elected, "I happen to think we're on the wrong track."

Joseph Mondello, Nassau County GOP chairman

WHERE HE STANDS: Mondello, seen in 2015, has
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WHERE HE STANDS: Mondello, seen in 2015, has endorsed Trump, calling him "the right leader at the right time for America. He will make America great again."
Mondello reiterated his support in a statement on Nov. 2, 2016, saying, "I feel even more strongly today that Donald Trump is the right man, at the right time, to lead this country and make America great again."

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