Bobby Jindal to Join 2016 Race; Christie May be Next

June 24, 2015

Despite polling under 1%, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal will become the 13th Republican to officially launch a 2016 campaign for the party's presidential nomination. The announcement will take place late this afternoon at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.

Chris Christie may announce his candidacy as early as next week. The New Jersey governor has been polling about 5%, currently good enough to include him in the top 10 for the first debate in August, but well off the mid-teens support seen by Jeb Bush and Scott Walker.

2016 Republican Field: Running or Actively Considering

Dates displayed are those when campaign launched or when an announcement is scheduled. The MAP link, where available, goes to an electoral map of that candidate vs. Hillary Clinton based on state-level polling conducted so far.

Names in bold are in the top 10 of the 270toWin polling average


Jeb Bush June 15 Former Governor, Florida MAP
Ben Carson May 4 Former neurosurgeon  
Ted Cruz March 23 U.S. Senator, Texas MAP
Carly Fiorina May 4 Former CEO, Hewlett-Packard  
Lindsey Graham June 1 U.S. Senator, South Carolina  
Mike Huckabee May 5 Former Governor, Arkansas MAP
Bobby Jindal June 24 Governor, Louisiana  
George Pataki May 28 Former Governor, New York  
Rand Paul April 7 U.S. Senator, Kentucky MAP
Rick Perry June 4 Former Governor, Texas  
Marco Rubio April 13 U.S. Senator, Florida MAP
Rick Santorum May 27 Former U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania  
Donald Trump June 16 Businessman  

Pending Decision (All likely to run)

Chris Christie Early July Governor, New Jersey  MAP 
John Kasich Early July Governor, Ohio  
Scott Walker July 13 (tentative) Governor, Wisconsin MAP

No Announcement Date Set 

Other possible (although unlikely) entrants include former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich, former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore, and Rep. Peter King of New York.   

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