Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who also ran for president twice, endorsed Ted Cruz's campaign for president, NBC News reported.
"Of those individuals who have a chance to win the Republican primary, at this juncture, from my perspective, Ted Cruz is by far the most consistent conservative in that crowd," Perry said in an interview with POLITICO. "And that appears to be down to two people."
Perry's backing comes a week before the Iowa caucuses, where the first contest of the presidential campaign will begin.
Perry was considered an early frontrunner during the 2012 presidential contest but quickly lost traction after stumbles, particularly regarding immigration policy. He failed to rise above a handful of points in public polling during his 2016 reprise bid.