Republican presidential candidate Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal speaks during the Sunshine Summit conference being held at the Rosen Shingle Creek on Nov. 14, 2015 in Orlando, Fla.
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Bobby Jindal ends 2016 presidential campaign

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced late Tuesday he would suspend his presidential campaign after failing to get traction in the crowded Republican primary field.

In a statement announcing his exit from the race, Jindal said running has “been an honor, but this is not my time.”

Jindal failed to make the main stage in the four Republican primary debates. He instead was relegated to the early debate against other low-polling candidates. He focused much of his campaign in the first caucus state of Iowa, but never made it above the low single digits.

The GOP governor becomes the third Republican to end his 2016 race.

Jindal announced he would be returning to work at a think tank “where I will be outlining a blueprint for making this the American century.”

This story originally appeared on NBCNews.com

Bobby Jindal

Bobby Jindal ends 2016 presidential campaign

Updated