"Jerry has served Texas well as Land Commissioner. I am now proud to endorse his campaign for Lieutenant Governor. I know Jerry will fight for limited government and more personal liberties," Paul said in a statement announcing the endorsement.
Patterson is one of three candidates challenging incumbent David Dewhurst in the March Republican primary — and this isn't the first time Paul has opposed Dewhurst. The Surfside doctor, who is known for his devoted followers and libertarian values, also endorsed Ted Cruz in Dewhurst's unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate in 2012.
The news could provide a shot in the arm for Patterson, who the latest Texas Tribune poll shows needs to gain ground in the next two months to make a competitive showing in March.