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Bobby Jindal drops out of White House race

<p>Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Tuesday said he was ending his presidential bid, saying “this is not my time.”</p><p>Jindal had struggled to gain traction as he centered his campaign on Iowa, a state with a large pool of evangelical voters, which the governor aggressively sought to appeal to. He often failed to poll at even 1 percent in some surveys and underwhelmed in the money race — he had just $261,000 in the bank heading into October. His low standing in polls meant that he failed to qualify for any of the primetime Republican debates, and was forced to participate in the lesser-watched undercard debates.</p><p>He is the third Republican to suspend his campaign, after former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker dropped out earlier this year. Jindal made his announcement during an evening appearance on Fox News.</p><p>&quot;They raised me to believe Americans can do anything, and they were right, we can. But this is not my time, so I am suspending my campaign for President,” Jindal said in a statement announcing his decision.</p><p>&quot;Going forward, I believe we have to be the party of growth and we can never stop being the party that believes in opportunity,&quot; he added. &quot;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.&quot;</p><p>Jindal, a 44-year-old, Brown University-educated Rhodes Scholar, was once seen as a rising star in the party. After the 2008 election, in which Republicans took a beating up and down the ballot and lost control of the White House, he gained attention as a potential future GOP leader.</p><p>Yet in the years to come, Jindal, who spent two terms in Congress before being elected governor in 2007, saw his star fade as he was surpassed by other up-and-coming conservative figures, such as Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul.</p><br><p>At home, as he confronted debilitating budget problems, he saw his poll numbers drop. A University of New Orleans survey released this month found Jindal’s approval rating in Louisiana at just 20 percent. Republicans have grown increasingly concerned that Jindal’s low standing will imperil their hold on the governor’s office; with the runoff approaching, polls show Republican David Vitter trailing Democrat John Bel Edwards.</p><p>Jindal, though, gave few clues in recent days that he was close to dropping out. Earlier this week, he filed for the New Hampshire primary and announced a 99-county tour of Iowa.</p><p>In last week’s Republican debate in Milwaukee, Jindal tried to show signs of life by repeatedly attacking a fellow governor, Chris Christie of New Jersey, as a big-government liberal. &quot;Chris, look, I’ll give you your ribbon for participation, and a juicebox, but in the real world, it’s about results,” Jindal said. &quot;It’s about actually cutting government spending, not just talking about cutting government spending.&quot; </p><p>In announcing his departure from the race, Jindal said he would go back to work at his think tank, America Next.<br /></p><br>

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