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Pete Buttigieg leaves a Las Vegas meet-and-greet on April 8, 2019. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Two new polls issued this week — an Iowa poll from Monmouth University and a New Hampshire poll from St. Anselm College — found that Mayor Pete Buttigieg is polling 3rd in favorability behind 2 other 2020 candidates: former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Why it matters: Iowa and New Hampshire will be the first two states to hold Democratic primaries, giving early insight into how the country will respond to candidates.

Details:

  • St. Anselm College found that Buttigieg has shown more growth than any other 2020 candidate since its February poll. He’s 3rd on the ballot test among New Hampshire voters at 11% and his name recognition has grown to 33%.
  • Monmouth University found that Buttigieg "has one of the best positive to negative ratios in the field." His favorability rating falls at 9% after Biden's rate of 27% and Sanders, who stands at 16%.

The big picture: It’s only April, a full year before the election and nothing is set in stone. But even still, it's a surprise that a small town mayor is polling 3rd in 2 key states behind candidates with more star power and name recognition.

Go deeper: Everything else you need to know about Pete Buttigieg

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The top candidates Biden is considering for key energy and climate roles

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has urged President-elect Joe Biden to nominate Mary Nichols, chair of California's air pollution regulator, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: The reported push by Schumer could boost Nichol's chances of leading an agency that will play a pivotal role in Biden's vow to enact aggressive new climate policies — especially because the plan is likely to rest heavily on executive actions.

U.S. economy adds 245,000 jobs in November as recovery slows

Data: BLS; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. economy added 245,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate fell to 6.7% from 6.9%, the government said on Friday.

Why it matters: The labor market continues to recover even as coronavirus cases surge— though it's still millions of jobs short of the pre-pandemic level. The problem is that the rate of recovery is slowing significantly.

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Fauci says he accepted Biden's offer to be chief medical adviser "on the spot"

The government's top infectious-disease expert Anthony Fauci said Friday that he "absolutely" will accept the offer from President-elect Joe Biden to serve as his chief medical adviser, telling NBC's "Today" that he said yes "right on the spot."

Why it matters: President Trump had a contentious relationship with Fauci, who has been forced during the pandemic to correct many of the president's false claims about the coronavirus. Biden, meanwhile, has emphasized the importance of "listening to the scientists" throughout his campaign and transition.