Bobby Jindal finally drops out of presidential race

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By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published November 17, 2015 11:13PM (EST)


"I’ve come to the realization that this is not my time," Bobby Jindal admitted to himself and the world today, announcing that he was finally ready to end his long shot bid for the White House after consistently posting disappointing poll numbers and meager fundraising totals.

In his final campaign statement, Jindal invoked his parents "who came to this country 45 years ago searching for freedom and a chance," but during an interview on Fox News' "Special Report with Bret Baier," announcing the end of his race, Jindal doubled down on his executive order banning Syrian refugees from entering his state.

"We don't want these refugees in our state," the Louisiana governor told Baier. "I've ordered the state police to track the ones that are already in Louisiana," Jindal said, carrying on his scapegoating of Syrian refugees following last week's terror attacks in Paris.

"When I was born, we lived in student housing at LSU, and never in their wildest dreams did they think their son would have the opportunity to serve as Governor of Louisiana or to run for President,"Jindal  wrote of his own immigrant tale in today's statement. Still, Jindal told Baier that he plans to continue on with plans to block refugees from the war torn nation, despite a legal threat from the ACLU.

Jindal is the is the third Republican to suspend his campaign, after former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker dropped out earlier this year.

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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