Governor Bobby Jindal, who failed to gain much traction appearing in the first four GOP debates during the undercard portion, has exited the race for the 2016 Republican nomination. Jindal hasn’t garnered more than one or two percent of the vote so his exit will be largely inconsequential to the field.
Report from the National Journal:
Long-shot presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal “suspended” his campaign for the presidency, he announced Tuesday during an appearance on Fox News.
“I’ve come to realize this is not my time,” Jindal said. Jindal is the third Republican presidential candidate to drop out of the presidential race, following former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
The Louisiana governor struggled to gain traction during his campaign, sputtering in the polls and failing to make the main stage in any of the four Republican debates.
Jindal said a “crazy” election season had made it impossible for his candidacy to break through to voters, despite the many detailed policy positions that he outlined.
“Clearly there just wasn’t a lot of interest in those policy papers,” said Jindal.
The governor said he has not “given a lot of thought” to endorsing one of his former rivals for the GOP nomination.
Jindal’s endorsement would mean more in Iowa than anywhere else, a state which he has spent time in courting evangelical voters. If he were to drop his name for Marco Rubio, it may help him in the early contest but not far beyond it. I can’t see Jindal supporting anyone like Trump, Carson, or even Ted Cruz, though perhaps I’m wrong about the latter.