A coalition of upstate Republican leaders from 11 counties over the weekend backed the return of Ed Cox to lead the GOP committee in New York -- a further sign of a coalescing of support for his return to the chairmanship. 

The Upstate New York Coalition of County Republican leaders that endorsed Cox includes county GOP leaders from Broome, Onondaga, Oneida, Jefferson, Chemung, Madison, Tioga, Chenango, Tompkins, Cortland and Lewis counties.

The announcement from the county chair coalition came days after Cox began receiving a series of endorsements for the job. 

Cox has not definitively announced his intention to seek the chairmanship, replacing outgoing Chairman Nick Langworthy, who is now a member of Congress. He previously told Spectrum News 1 he is speaking with Republican leaders from around the state when asked about endorsements he has received. 

Cox previously served as chairman of the New York Republican Committee from 2009 to 2019. 

Rockland County Republican Chairman Lawrence Garvey, a former candidate for the statewide post, last week dropped out of the race and endorsed Cox. 

A vote for chairman has been scheduled for March 13.