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Bobby Jindal White House bid could widen already crowded GOP race

The Louisiana governor announces the formation of a campaign exploratory committee.

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Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal speaks at the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines, Saturday.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is taking another step toward running for president. The Republican governor on Monday announced the formation of a campaign exploratory committee.

Jindal has said previously he will announce his decision on a White House bid after his state's legislative session ends in mid-June. In a statement, Jindal said if he runs his candidacy would be based on the idea that the American people "are ready to try a dramatically different direction."

The Republican race is wide open and could ultimately feature more than a dozen candidates.

Jindal spent the weekend with other likely Republican presidential candidates in Iowa. He has also been a frequent visitor to key presidential campaign states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

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