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Bobby Jindal officially drops out of 2016 US Presidential race

Bobby Jindal officially drops out of 2016 US Presidential race pardesi news 1459247755

As the popularity of a one-time rising Republican star has plummeted in his own state, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, recently ended his official presidential campaign.

Jindal, who entered the presidential race in June, has remained near the back of the Republican pack since then. In recent months, his persistently low polling numbers both nationally and particularly in Iowa forced him to officially end the campaign. Also, he never polled high enough to earn a spot on the main stage for any of the four GOP presidential debates. The Republican presidential candidates expressed their support on Twitter as Mr. Jindal exited the race.

Last month, long-shot Democratic contenders Lincoln Chafee, a former governor of Rhode Island, and Jim Webb, a former US senator from Virginia, both cut short their presidential campaigns within a few days of each other. Mr. Jindal is the third candidate in the now 14-member Republican field to drop out of race. Rick Perry, the former Texas governor, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker also also withdrew their nominations in September.  

"I am suspending my campaign for president of the United States….The reality though is, they told me as a young child, Americans can do anything. I believed them then, I believe them now. But you know, this is not my time. I've come to the realization this is not my time… Even though I'm not going to be a candidate for president, we had better elect the right candidate so we can restore the American dream before it's too late”, said the Louisiana Governor conceding that he was unable to find any traction.. 

Jindal has been a vocal candidate about his dislike for Donald Trump. He has been quoted saying that “The Donald Trump Act is great, and the idea of Donald Trump is great — BUT the reality of Donald Trump is absurd, he’s a non-serious carnival act.”

He has also been vocal about his social conservative policies like downplaying the need to address climate change .The governor had also opposes the legalization of same-sex marriage and supported a defeated bill intended to allow Louisiana citizens and businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples without punishment.

At home, as he confronted debilitating budget problems, he saw his poll numbers drop. A University of New Orleans survey released in the month of November found Jindal’s approval rating in Louisiana at just 20-percent. Republicans grew increasingly concerned that Jindal’s low standing will imperil their hold on the governor’s office; with a run-off election approaching, polls show Republican David Vitter trailing Democrat John Bel Edwards. 

Bobby Jindal has served as 55th Governor of Louisiana since 2008. He was born to immigrant Hindu parents from India in the year 1971. Jindal graduated from Brown University in 1991, with honors in two majors, biology and public policy.

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