Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro is inching toward what appears to be a large share of the weighted vote for the Republican nomination for governor, with Erie County Chairman Nick Langworthy formally endorsing his campaign.

“Marc Molinaro is the only candidate who can beat Andrew Cuomo in November. His proven record of integrity, innovation and ethical governance is exactly what New York State needs,” said Langworthy, who voted for Molinaro in an informal straw poll of Republican officials last week. “This is about having a candidate that can stand with real New Yorkers and put an end to the culture of corruption that Andrew Cuomo’s Administration has let cripple our once great Empire State. Marc Molinaro is the independent leader we need to unlock New York’s untapped potential.”

Sen. John DeFrancisco remains other viable Republican in the race, but support in recent days has flowed to Molinaro, who is yet to publicly declare that he is running. Molinaro told GOP officials at the meeting last week he would seek the nomination.

Langworthy, along with Suffolk County’s John LaValle, control large portions of the weighted vote for the preferred party candidate at the state convention to be held in May. Both have now publicly backed Molinaro.

“Now is the time for Republicans to come together and support Marc Molinaro to be the next Governor of New York State,” Langworthy said.