From the Morning Memo:

Buffalo businessman and 2010 Republican nominee for governor Carl Paladino is all in for Donald Trump and hopes you will be, too.

Paladino is recruiting a New Yorkers for Trump support team, increasing his efforts after the real-estate mogul won the GOP New Hampshire primary by a wide margin.

“It is a rare opportunity for New York Republicans to play a critical role in both the nomination and the general election,” Paladino wrote in an email. “Donald Trump has earned our support and now is the time to give it to him.”

A Siena College poll this week, released before the New Hampshire vote, showed Trump with 34 percent of the vote among Republican voters. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz each have 16 percent.

Paladino and his political operation have proven adept at mobilizing Republican primary voters in the past. Six years ago, during his campaign for governor, Paladino scored an upset victory in the primary against former Rep. Rick Lazio, the preferred candidate of the GOP in the state.

Paladino was able to do so by turning out votes in his base, western New York.

In the email, Paladino called on New York Republicans to unite behind Trump, alluding to comments made to The New York Post recently by the former state GOP Committee Chairman Bill Powers.

“It’s time for New York Republicans to unite behind our own native son,” he said. “It’s time to listen to our great former State Republican Chairman Bill Powers and choose a winning candidate: Donald Trump.”

The state’s presidential primary is scheduled for April 19.
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