Bobby Jindal Drops From Presidential Race
'This is not my time'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2015 6:45 PM CST
Bobby Jindal dropped out of the 2016 presidential race on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)

(Newser) – The GOP presidential field just got a little less crowded as Bobby Jindal announced he was giving up his bid for the nomination Tuesday. "I've got nobody to blame but myself," the Washington Post quotes the Louisiana governor as saying. "I'm not going to make any excuses or blame anyone else." Politico reports the announcement comes after Jindal tried and largely failed to win over evangelical voters in Iowa. He spent more time in the first primary state than any other candidate and thought he would be able to get more attention if he could outlast a few other candidates there, according to the Post. Instead, Politico reports he was frequently polling at less than 1%, had less than $300,000 in the bank, and never got out of the undercard Republican debates.

"Going forward, I believe we have to be the party of growth and we can never stop being the party that believes in opportunity," Jindal said. "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." The Post reports Jindal blames a "crazy, unpredictable" year for his inability to get traction with his detailed policies. "This is not my time," he said. Jindal added that he hasn't thought about which of the remaining candidates to endorse, but the country "better elect the right president so that we can restore the American dream before it's too late." He is the third Republican candidate—following Rick Perry and Scott Walker—to drop out of the race.