Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal, said that he is ending his presidential campaign.
In a statement, Jindal said, “Going forward, I believe we have to be the party of growth and we can never stop being the party that believes in opportunity. We cannot settle for the left’s view of envy and division. We have to be the party that says everyone in this country – no matter the circumstances of their birth or who their parents are – can succeed in America.”
The Louisiana Governor expressed his candidacy couldn’t become successful because the campaign spent “a lot of time” forming policy papers, but that “clearly there wasn’t a lot of interest” in those. Fox News reports that Jindal, who isn’t endorsing any contender right now, will support the nominated Republican candidate.
“At the end of the day I trust the American people to select our nominee for the next president. I want someone who’s got the smarts to make big changes,” he said.
Jindal never found a place among the top 2% in any CNN/ORC poll. He also hadn’t been able move past the “undercard” round at the Republican debates.
But he did find a following among Iowa conservative activists. Shane Vander Hart, author of a conservative Iowa blog, said it was disappointing that Jindal had bowed out of the race. Although Jindal was not receiving enough traction in the polls, he was making an impression in Iowa. “If you’ve done any of his events, retail politicking is one of his strengths. People as they got to know him liked him,” Vander Hart said.
With his decision to end his candidacy, Jindal becomes the third governor to drop out, behind Scott Walker and Rick Perry. Believing that government experience is empirical in a presidential candidate, Jindal will probably back Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio than the leading candidates, Trump or Carson.