Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal suspended his campaign for the White House on Friday during an appearance on Fox News.
“It's been an honor, but this is not my time,” Jindal said. “I am suspending my campaign for president of the United States. ... We'd better elect the right candidate so we can restore the American dream before it's too late.”
Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, became the 13th major Republican candidate to enter the presidential race on June 24. Born Piyush Jindal, the son of immigrants from India assimilated quickly, taking the name “Bobby” after a character in the Brady Bunch TV program. He converted to Catholicism as a teenager and earned a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a master's from Oxford University in England.
He was once seen a rising Republican star, garnering national attention in 2009 when he delivered the Republican response to President Barack Obama's economic address to a joint session of Congress.
But the 44-year-old's meteoric rise hit a snag in the presidential race. A staunch conservative with strong ties to the evangelical community, Jindal struggled to break out in a crowded Republican field that has seen political outsiders like billionaire businessman Donald Trump and Ben Carson soar to the top of the polls.
He lagged in fundraising with just $1.2 million (by comparison, Carson has reported receipts of more than $31 million) and never did well enough in the polls to make it into one of the prime-time debates.
His exit from the race is unlikely to move many polls, since Jindal averaged less than 1 percent of Republican primary voters. Jindal is the third major Republican presidential candidate to exit the race, following former Texas Governor Rick Perry and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.