(CNN) – He was one of Rick Perry's highest profile endorsers - before the Texas governor dropped out of the race in January - and now, he is lending his support to Mitt Romney.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his endorsement of Romney on Tuesday, the day former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania - Romney's closest competitor - dropped out of the race.
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"Congratulations to Governor Romney on winning a hard fought race, I look forward to supporting him in retiring President Obama," Jindal said in a statement that also offered congratulations to Santorum for his campaign.
"It's time for all Republicans to focus their energies on the fall campaign which will give Americans a fundamental choice between Obama's lurch toward European style big government and the Republican alternative of a thriving private sector with a smaller government," Jindal continued.
He endorsed Perry in mid-September, approximately one month after Perry entered the presidential race.
Jindal is thought to be on the vice presidential shortlist for the eventual GOP nominee. He delivered the 2009 Republican response to the president's State of the Union address.