On Tuesday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal dropped out of the Republican 2016 presidential nomination race. The move came as a surprise given the Jindal campaign’s repeated protestations that their candidate would not leave the race and was in fact making headway in the first primary state of Iowa.
He told Fox News’ Bret Baier, “I’ve come to the realization that it is not my time. I cannot tell you what an honor it has been to run for president of the United States.”
Jindal’s campaign focused heavily on religious voters, but was plagued by lack of money and attention from the outset. One of the last Republicans to enter the race, he lacked traction thanks to the presence of other religiously-oriented candidates ranging from former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee to former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum to Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to Ben Carson. Jindal routinely did well in the so-called kiddie table debates, but never broke onto the main platform.
Jindal did not endorse any other candidate.
“Going forward, I believe we have to be the party of growth and we can never stop being the party that believes in opportunity,” he said. “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.”
Jindal marks the third Republican governor out of the race; the only candidates who have yet dropped out are successful sitting and former governors Rick Perry and Scott Walker. The latest polls in Iowa had Jindal riding at 3 percent.