Nick Langworthy on Tuesday announced the endorsements of five additional county chairs in his bid to become the state Republican chairman.

Langworthy, the Erie County GOP chairman, was given the backing of Steuben GOP Chairman Joe Sempolinski, Cattaraugus GOP Chairman Robert Keis, Albany GOP Chairwoman Christine Benedict, Montgomery County GOP Chairwoman Rosemary Smith and Livingston Chairman John Pauer.

“We need a young fighter, someone who will take our Party forward, add to our ranks, and excite a new generation of volunteers and donors,” Pauer said in a statement. “As a neighboring county, I have watched Nick Langworthy grow his organization and win difficult races against strong odds. Nick has experience, heart, and gall, all of which we need at the head of our organization as we wrestle back Albany from the Democrat-stranglehold we have today.”

Langworthy is running to unseat Chairman Ed Cox, who has held the post since 2009.