As CNBC sealed the failure of Gov. Bobby Jindal to make it to the prime-time stage for the next nationally televised debate among 2016 Republican presidential candidates, a new poll from Iowa shows him settling back near the bottom of the field after a recent uptick.
CNBC announced Wednesday the 10 candidates who will appear in the featured 7 p.m. CT debate Oct. 28, and Jindal is not among them. To qualify for the main stage, candidates needed to average 2.5 percent in national polls of the Republican field conducted by major broadcast networks and Bloomberg from Sept. 17 through Oct. 21. Jindal didn’t come close. He has said he is not sure he will show up if he were to miss the cut.
The CNBC decision relegates Jindal and other also-rans to the “kids’ table” debate to be televised prior to the top-billed event. Jindal was similarly situated for the first two nationally televised debates, in August and September.
The Jindal campaign has pressed fervently in recent weeks for Jindal’s inclusion in the upcoming prime-time debate, citing a late September poll that showed him in a three-way tie for fifth in Iowa, site of the Feb. 1 caucuses that initiate the Republican nomination process. Jindal’s 6 percent showing in that poll was his best in months in Iowa, where he has campaigned heavily since his June 24 declaration of his candidacy.
But a new Iowa poll by Quinnipiac University from mid-October puts Jindal in a two-way tie for eighth, at 3 percent.