bobby jindalBATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal dropped out of the 2016 race for president Tuesday, ending a campaign that failed to gain much support among Republicans sifting through a long list of contenders for the GOP nomination. Jindal, whose term as governor expires at year’s end, said he would return to work at his think tank, America Next.

“I’ve come to the realization that this is “not my time,” Jindal said on Fox News Channel as he announced the decision to suspend his campaign.

The 44-year-old governor said he wasn’t ready to endorse another candidate, but intended to support the eventual Republican presidential nominee.

Term-limited and out of office in January, Jindal said he will work with a think tank he started a few years ago, called America Next, to devise what he called “a blueprint for making this the American century.”

“Going forward, I believe we have to be the party of growth and we can never stop being the party that believes in opportunity. We cannot settle for the left’s view of envy and division,” Jindal said in a statement.

Mr. Jindal’s departure leaves 14 major Republicans seeking the party’s nomination.

Mr. Jindal is the third Republican with experience as a governor to be forced from the presidential campaign before a single primary vote is cast. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perryand Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker each dropped out in September after their campaigns lagged in public support and financial contributions.