Five likely GOP presidential candidates grabbed double-digits in the latest Quinnipiac University National poll released today. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal isn’t one of them.
Among likely Republican voters, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker each polled at 10 percent, the independent poll found.
Coming up behind them: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky at 7 percent, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 6 percent, Donald Trump at 5 percent, New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie at 4 percent and Carly Fiorina and Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 2 percent each.
Jindal, meanwhile, polled at 1 percent — the same as last month’s poll but down slightly from earlier this year, when he hit 3 percent.
Jindal announced an exploratory committee for a presidential runearlier this month. He’s expected to announce his 2016 intentions next month. His exploratory committee has scheduled a fundraiserand a reception for June 27.
Quinnipiac pollsters say the split among the top tier candidates — as well as the 20 percent who remain undecided — means that the race for the GOP’s 2016 nomination is still wide open.
“Safe to say, the 2016 Republican presidential primary is anyone’s race. With no front- runner and identical numbers for the top five contenders, it’s a horserace which can only be described as a scrambled field – at least so far,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the poll, said in a news release.
The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 1,711 registered voters by phone May 19-26 (landlines and cellphones). The overall margin of error of 2.4 points, but the margin of error for Republican voters is 3.8 points.