The son of Indian immigrants has taken a major step towards becoming the first Indian-American Governor of a US state by winning an open primary for the post in Louisiana.
Bobby Jindal, who is 32 and and is standing as a Republican, now faces a run-off election against the best-placed Democrat.
Mr Jindal's success in a Deep South state with a history of racism has surprised observers but correspondents say his ethnic origins and comparative youth have been more than offset by the appeal to voters of his strong Christian beliefs.
Born a Hindu, he converted to Roman Catholicism in his teens.
From the newsroom of the BBC World Service