Video: Ex-Gov. Bobby Jindal: 'Not happy about it,' but his vote will go to GOP nominee – even Donald Trump _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Out-going Governor Bobby Jindal and his wife Supriya acknowledge applause as they are introduced during the inauguration of Gov. John Bel Edwards Monday on the steps of the State Capitol in Baton Rouge. At right is Donna Edwards, wife of Governor John Bel Edwards.

Former Gov. Bobby Jindal appears to be warming up to the idea of voting for Donald Trump in the presidential race, if the billionaire real estate mogul secures the GOP nomination.

Jindal, who spent weeks attacking Trump during his own fledgling campaign for president last year, has consistently said that he’d vote in the general election for whichever Republican secures the party’s nomination -- though he typically hedged by saying he didn’t think Trump stood a chance of winning the nomination.

As the race wears on, with Trump maintaining a commanding lead over Republican rivals U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Jindal seems to be softening his stance.

POLITICO reports that Jindal was asked on CNN for his response to former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s remarks that Trump stands the best chance of any of the Republican candidates in a general election.

“If it comes down to a binary choice between Donald Trump, I’m supporting the party’s nominee. I’m not happy about it. I don’t think he’s the best qualified, I don’t think he’s the one most likely to be successful, but I would vote for him over Hillary Clinton,” Jindal said.

Jindal, a Republican who served as governor for eight years, ended his run for president last November after failing to gain traction in the polls. He has had a relatively low profile since leaving office in January. After dropping his own run for president, he endorsed U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who also has since dropped out.

Over the weekend, Jindal was a guest of The Washington Times at the White House Correspondents Dinner in D.C.

He recently published an op-ed on CNN’s website that was critical of Trump.

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