Bobby Jindal has pulled out of the Presidential Race
“I’ve come to realize this is not my time,” Jindal said.
The Louisiana governor struggled to gain traction during his campaign, sputtering in the polls and failing to make the main debate stage in any of the four Republican debates.
Jindal said a “crazy” election season had made it impossible for his candidacy to break through to voters — one he said didn’t focus on his many of the detailed policy positions that he outlined.
In terms of the national race that 1% he was drawing isn’t going to make much of a difference but in Iowa where he was doing OK that support is likely going to migrate
Two questions now. One: What happens to the undercard debate? Are we really going to have to watch a 90-minute conversation between Christie, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum at the next event? C’mon. Either cancel the undercard or repopulate it by raising the polling threshold to qualify for the main debate. Two: Who will Jindal endorse? Almost by process of elimination, you’ve got to think it’ll be Cruz, right? Carson’s not going to win the nomination so it’s pointless to waste an endorsement on him. Rubio’s got a real chance and could use the backing of a solid conservative like Jindal to bolster his own conservative cred, especially in Iowa, but it’s an open question whether Jindal’s voters would follow his lead. The last time PPP polled Iowa, they found the second choice among Jindal’s supporters (via a teeny tiny sample) to be Carson with 37 percent, Cruz with 22 percent, and Rubio with 12 percent.
There is always a chance that Santorum might pick up some of that Iowa support but the clock is winding down for a move to be made.
Jindal departure moves Ben Carson into my top three being Ted Cruz who I’ve endorsed, Rick Santorum as second and Ben Carson 3rd with the remaining 11 candidates hoping to medal.
The question is who will be out next? That Jim Gilmore and George Pataki are still officially in the race is still a bit beyond me.