(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Republican Presidential candidate Bobby Jindal dropped out of the crowded Republican field of White House contenders on Tuesday saying “This is not my time, so I am suspending my campaign for President.”
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal who is expected to step down from his Governorship position in Louisiana this Saturday said that he is suspending his Presidential campaign, leaving 14 Republicans in the race for the White House.
According to Reuters, after announcing his exit from the race, Jindal stated for Fox News “We spent a lot of time developing detailed policy papers, and given this crazy, unpredictable election season, clearly there just wasn’t a lot of interest.” He added “I think the Republican Party has to lay out the pathway why we are the party for opportunity and growth.”
Jindal is the first person of Indian-American heritage to run for President and he has converted to Christianity from Hinduism in his teenage years, making evangelical Christians and social conservatives his primary voters.
Evangelicals do well in Iowa, which is the first nominating state in February, but Jindal did not succeed to appeal to the crowd and separate himself from the crowded Republican field of White House hopefuls. His struggles are also due to lack of funding, with him spending more money than he raised in the third quarter, making him join other Republican Presidential dropouts who already burned their funds too quickly.
His exit from the White House race will boost the support for U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, whose policy is aimed primarily to the same evangelical voters that Jindal has appealed to.
According to Reuters, former Iowa Republican Party Chairman Matt Strawn stated “It means a good week for Senator Cruz just got better as he attempts to consolidate evangelical and anti-establishment support in Iowa.” Cruz also won the backing of an influential Iowa legislator on Monday.
Jindal was polling near to the bottom among his Republican fellows, with only 0.8 percent of support in a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, thus failing to qualify for the prime time Republican debate on the 10th of November. However, Jindal stated that he would continue his touring of Iowa’s 99 counties during this week.
Louisiana voters will elect a new Governor on Saturday and Jindal stated that after leaving office he will continue working for a newly established think tank. After exiting the Presidential race, Jindal did not endorse any particular candidate for the Republican nomination for the 2016 Elections, but said that he would support the Republican nominee for the general elections.