Washington – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal would miss the cut for the first Republican presidential debate if it were held today, the McClatchy newspapers report.
The debate, though, is actually scheduled for Aug. 6, in Cleveland, and the final lineup will not be set until Aug. 4. The qualifiers will debate at 9-11 p.m. ET Aug. 6, while a discussion among the also-rans will be telecast earlier, in the afternoon.
Fox News, which will carry the main debate live nationwide, has said that for the prime-time event it will choose the 10 candidates scoring highest on average in the five most recent national polls “conducted by major, nationally recognized organizations that use standard methodological techniques.” Fox has not identified those polls by name.
The McClatchy report relies on calculations by NBC News, based on recent polls. Those calculations show Jindal last of the 15 candidates ranked.
The size of the Republican field has prompted the unprecedented procedure for excluding debate participants, and the impact of missing the cut is uncertain.
Jindal officially declared his candidacy for the 2016 presidential nomination June 24 in Kenner.