He is the third Republican to suspend his campaign, after former Texas Governor Rick Perry and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker dropped out earlier this year. Once seen as a rising star in the Republican Party, Jindal’s campaign failed to gain much traction as he kept polling less than one percent in various national surveys. A Brown University graduate and Rhodes Scholar, he rose to prominence at the start of President Barack Obama’s first term when he was asked to deliver the Republican Party’s rebuttal to the State of the Union address in 2009. But his performance was widely-panned. With Republican voters favouring outsider candidates such as real estate mogul Donald Trump and neurosurgeon Ben Carson over establishment candidates, Jindal never advanced past the “undercard” round at the Republican debates held thus far. In announcing his departure from the race, Jindal also said he would go back to work at his think tank, America Next. Jindal told Fox he is not endorsing another candidate right now, but will support the eventual Republican presidential nominee. “At the end of the day I trust the American people to select our nominee for the next president,” he said. “I want someone who’s got the smarts to make big changes.”
One of his advisers told CNN Jindal believes government experience is needed in a presidential candidate, so he is more likely to back senators Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio than Trump or Carson, the two leading candidates in the race. Jindal reached his decision, two aides said, because he didn’t want to go into debt and realized there was no credible path to the nomination.
Asked who would be the Republican nominee, Jindal told CNN, “It’s not going to be Trump. It’ll be somebody else.”