Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry Endorses Ted Cruz

The former presidential rival backs his fellow Texan in GOP race

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has endorsed his fellow Texan, Sen. Ted Cruz, in the Republican race for president.

Perry, who dropped out of the presidential contest in September in his second bid for the White House, told Politico on Sunday night that he believes the GOP contest has whittled down to two candidates, Cruz and real estate mogul Donald Trump.

“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 told Politico. “And that appears to be down to two people.”

Perry plans to campaign for Cruz in Iowa this week, Politico reported, appearing with the candidate on Tuesday and then stumping for him on Wednesday with Republican Rep. Steve King.

The first voting in the presidential race occurs next Tuesday at the Iowa caucuses, where Trump holds a 10-point lead over Cruz, according to the latest polls.