A Washington, D.C.-based publication has listed Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal among the seven Republican presidential candidates most likely to make an early exit from the race.
There are 17 candidates currently vying for the GOP’s nomination.
On its list of “GOP presidential campaigns that could be over before the Iowa caucuses even get going,” The Hill names: Jindal, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore and former New York Gov. George Pataki.
The Hill points out, Republicans in Iowa didn’t hold their annual straw poll this year, which in the past has served as a drop-off point for some candidates early in the race. The growth of political action committees also has changed the playing field for 2016.
“If you’re a Jindal or you’re a Santorum and you have to be put at the kids table for three or four debates you have an existential problem,” GOP strategist Doug Heye told the publication.
But Jindal’s chief strategist Curt Anderson dismissed such speculation and said that asking whether Jindal might bow out early was a “dumb question.”