Ted Cruz's campaign for president says he has picked up the backing of a billionaire from the state, as well as its lieutenant governor.
Darwin Deason, a technology entrepreneur, and his son, Doug, say they support Cruz. They had given millions of dollars to the 2016 efforts of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who ended his candidacy last month.
Also coming into the Cruz fold is Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
Patrick's backing of Cruz gives the Texas senator a powerful surrogate in a delegate-rich state where Republican primary voters go to the polls on March 1.