Louisana Gov. Bobby Jindal at Politics & Eggs at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on Thursday June 25

Nov 17, 2015 6:33 PM

Steinhauser: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ends White House bid

NH1 Political Director - NH1.com

CONCORD - Saying "this isn't my time," Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

Jindal, a longshot for the GOP nomination, announced his move in an interview on Fox News.

The 44-year old Jindal, a one-time rising star in the Republican Party, failed to gain traction in an extremely large presidential field that's been dominated by bigger names and bigger personalities.

Speaking to reporters after making his announcement, Jindal admitted that "we spent a lot of time in this campaign putting out detailed policy papers and in this crazy election year that wasn't the most exciting thing to do but I think it was the right thing to do."

Jindal was below one percent in an average of the most recent national polls in the race for the GOP nomination. Because of that he never made the stage for the prime-time presidential debates. Instead he was relegated to the earlier under card showdowns.

Jindal was also below one percent in the most recent public opinion surveys in New Hampshire, a state he campaigned in only sporadically. Even in Iowa, where Jindal spent most of his time, his poll numbers were hovering in the low single digits.

Jindal told reporters that "we have no debt. We've been running a lean campaign. We have the resources but the reality is sometimes it's better to live to fight another day and this is one of those time."

In a conference call with reporters, top Jindal political aides also admitted that while the campaign wasn't in the red, it wasn't rolling in cash.

"Obviously, we did not have the kind of resources that a lot of the other candidates had," acknowledged chief strategist Curt Anderson.

"It takes money to win elections, so that's one of a number of factors for sure," he added.

The possibility of Jindal dropping out became more realistic at the beginning of the week so some in the Granite State political press corps, after Jindal aides admitted that the Louisiana governor wouldn't file in person to put in his name on the New Hampshire primary ballot, and would file instead by mail.

Jindal was a vocal critic of GOP front runner Donald Trump. Asked by reporters Tuesday who he thought would win the nomination, Jindal said "it's not going to be Trump. I've made my views clear about Donald Trump but I am going to be supporting the republican nominee."

Jindal is the third Republican presidential candidate to drop out of the race, following former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Fourteen presidential candidates remain in the hunt for the GOP nomination.

Jindal leaves office in Baton Rouge in January after serving two full terms as Louisiana governor.


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