Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced on Tuesday that he was suspending his campaign for the White House.
While he had not shown many indications that he was prepared to drop out of the hunt, he has struggled to breach even the 1 percent threshold in some primary polls and has never made it into the prime-time Republican debates.
Jindal is the third candidate to drop out of the Republican race, after Rick Perry and Scott Walker.
“They [his parents] raised me to believe Americans can do anything, and they were right, we can. But this is not my time, so I am suspending my campaign for President,” Jindal said in a statement. “”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 sought to appeal to evangelical voters, with Jindal dropping out of the race, those votes will now be likely sought by other social conservatives like Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz.
“We will be aggressively looking at the people who were supporting the governor,” said an adviser to Cruz. “I do know the governor had a lot of people supporting him who were evangelicals to the extent [those supporters] look at Sen. Cruz and see they share the same values, we welcome the opportunity to win them over.”