Jindal's poll numbers never did rise out of the low single digits, but the Nov. 17 suspension of his presidential campaign also had financial roots. In the same third quarter, one of the GOP frontrunners, Ben Carson, raised $20 million, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush raised $13.4 million. Worse for Jindal, he only had $261,000 cash on hand.
In a press conference at the Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge the day after he abandoned the race, Jindal reiterated what his advisors had said on a conference call the night before, stressing he ended his campaign with "no debt."
Too bad he can't say the same for the way he left his state. During Jindal's nearly eight years in office, Louisiana has gone from a $1 billion surplus to a $1.6 billion deficit. Moreover, there's a midyear shortfall of revenue totaling $370 million. Last week, Public Policy Polling declared, "In 2010 we found Jindal to be the most popular Governor in the country. Leaving office as quite possibly the least."