Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulDestructive 'fat cat' tax law a complete flop. It's time to repeal it. Trump must take action in Macedonia to fix damage done by Obama and Clinton We can put America first by preventing public health disasters MORE (R-Ky.) is endorsing former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's (R) House campaign, a move that could help Sanford regain his footing in the race and improve Paul's standing in the early-voting presidential state.
"More than anything, Washington needs strong and consistent voices for fiscal responsibility and liberty," Paul said in a statement released by Sanford's campaign.
“I am pleased to endorse Mark and stand with him in this race."
Paul and Sanford share similar fiscally conservative beliefs. They also have a personal connection: South Carolina state Sen. Tom Davis (R), a close friend of Sanford's since high school, is also one of the Paul family's close allies. Davis was former Rep. Ron Paul's (R-Texas) South Carolina presidential campaign chairman in 2012. The elder Paul also endorsed Sanford last week.
Sanford faces a tough race against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch despite the district's Republican lean. He's struggled to overcome his 2009 extramarital affair, and recent trespassing allegations from his ex-wife have also hurt his bid in what appears to be a tight contest.
The election will take place next Tuesday.
Paul has been actively mulling a potential presidential run and will visit South Carolina in late June as part of a swing through the early primary states.