(CNN) – Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's bid for Texas governor gets the support of a former commander-in-chief Friday.
According to the Hutchison campaign, former President George H.W. Bush will formally back Hutchison at an event in Houston, Texas. The 4-term senator is challenging fellow Republican and incumbent Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the March 2 Republican primary.
Earlier this week former Secretary of State James Baker endorsed Hutchison. Former Vice President Dick Cheney is also backing her bid to topple Perry. Former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is scheduled to campaign with Perry early next month.
Perry was elected lieutenant governor in 1998 and assumed the governorship after incumbent George W. Bush stepped down following the 2000 presidential election. Perry won full terms in 2002 and 2006.
The elder former president Bush has lived in Houston since leaving the White House in early 1993.
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report