Sen. Rand Paul (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.