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More Florida House members back Jeb Bush

@PatriciaMazzei

The Jeb Bush campaign on Wednesday welcomed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump to Florida by rolling out more endorsements from Florida House members.

The 22 new names mean Bush can now claim backing from more than half the House GOP caucus (looks like 43 of 81 members). He had already secured the backing of 20 of 26 Republican state senators (and from House speakers past and present).

Florida lawmakers began their annual session Tuesday. Trump will appear at a campaign rally Wednesday evening in Pensacola.

Bush's long list of endorsements hasn't pushed the former governor to the top of the polls, not even in Florida. His campaign, however, has continued to highlight the support as a sign of an expansive, national organization that it's leveraging to knock on doors in early balloting states ahead of primaries and caucuses.

Here's the list of the latest Bush endorsers, some of whom had already made their preference clear (on social media, for example):

Rep. Janet Adkins

Rep. Ben Albritton

Rep. Dennis Baxley

Rep. Doug Broxson

Rep. Bob Cortes

Rep. Fred Costello

Rep. Travis Cummings

Rep. Brad Drake

Rep. Eric Eisnaugle

Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen

Rep. Matt Gaetz

Rep. James Grant

Rep. Gayle Harrell

Rep. MaryLynn Magar

Rep. Larry Metz 

Rep. Cary Pigman

Rep. David Santiago

Rep. Jimmie T. Smith

Rep. Chris Sprowls

Rep. Charlie Stone

Rep. Jay Trumbull

Rep. Ritch Workman

"Jeb Bush is a man of faith, grounded in conservative principles," Baxley said in a statement provided by the campaign. "He governed believing that our 2nd amendment rights must be defended and that every human life is sacred and worth protecting. Governor Bush will be a strong conservative President and I'm proud to support him."

This post has been updated.

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