Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has spent time in Iowa already this year, and he’s scheduled to head back this weekend for the state Republican Party’s Lincoln Dinner.

As he considers a run for president, the first caucus state could be key to whether he becomes a viable candidate, political analyst Stuart Rothenberg notes in a new column.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the Freedom Summit, Saturday, May 9, 2015, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

“Jindal must do well — very well — in the caucuses if he is going to have a lengthy run in the Republican race,” Rothenberg writes. “If he finishes back in the pack, it will mean other conservatives have bested him, depriving him of the momentum (and additional resources) he needs to develop into a top-tier contender.

“On the other hand, if he generates excitement once he hits the stump in Iowa and finishes in the top two or three in the caucuses, the Brown grad and Rhodes Scholar could become somebody to reckon with.”

“For Jindal, it’s all about Iowa,” Rothenberg concludes in the column posted to RollCall.com Tuesday.

Jindal traveled to Greenville, S.C., over the weekend to address the South Carolina Freedom Summit, a cattle call of sorts for conservatives eyeing a run for president in 2016.

Reports from that event focused on his criticisms of President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for 2016. You can watch the video of his speech via C-SPAN.

(Jindal actually offered a rare bit of praise for Clinton when speaking to reporters afterward. More on that here via The New York Times.)

Jindal also won praise from Louisiana-native Erick Erickson, who noted in a recent column that the Louisiana governor “has been the loudest and most consistent voice of the 2016 candidates on the issue of religious liberty.”