Jindal presidential campaign decision to come after session

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Gov. Bobby Jindal will wait until the state legislative session ends in June before announcing whether he’ll enter the 2016 presidential race.

The Republican governor’s chief political adviser, Timmy Teepell, said Monday that Jindal wants to stay focused on the final session of his term before deciding about the White House bid.

The legislative session begins April 13. Lawmakers must wrap up their work by June 11.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz launched the first major campaign of the presidential election cycle Monday. Other GOP candidates are expected to follow within weeks.

Jindal appears certain to run, making regular appearances in the key campaign state of Iowa and continuing a heavy travel schedule around the country, speaking about federal issues. But his poll numbers lag well behind other expected Republican contenders.

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