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Louisiana Governor Jindal Exits Republican Presidential Race

FILE - Republican Bobby Jindal speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Sept. 10, 2015.

The U.S. presidential contest has lost another candidate.

Republican Bobby Jindal said late Tuesday that he was dropping out of the race. The Louisiana governor told Fox television that it just was not his time.

"We spent a lot of time developing detailed policy papers, and given this crazy, unpredictable election season, clearly there just wasn't a lot of interest," he said.

The socially conservative Jindall has been at the bottom of voter preference polls, averaging 2 percent support or less in recent surveys.

Jindal was the third major Republican candidate to drop out of the race, after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Real estate mogul Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson continue to lead the Republican field.

For the Democrats, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a large lead over her Democratic rivals, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and ex-Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.