Last night, when I looked through RCP's polling numbers in a general election, I found an interesting phenomenon. Buttigieg's national numbers are the lowest head-to-head against Trump, which isn't really surprising as that has been the case for a while now (he is at +1% against Trump, which is 1.2% lower than Warren who is second worst). I also saw that he recently polled by far worse in Texas, an expensive state to campaign in that has largely been ignored in the primary except by Bloomberg's national push (not surprisingly his numbers and Biden's numbers are best here) and to a lesser degree Steyer's national ads. But here is what surprised me: pollsters have put out general election polls in both Iowa and New Hampshire recently as well. In those polls, he is the top performer. He is at -1% in Iowa, while Biden is at -3%, Sanders is at -6%, Warren is at -5.7%, and Bloomberg is at -8% (although that is only one poll and Iowans probably resent him not participating to a degree, didn't see Klobuchar polled here). Meanwhile, in New Hampshire, he is at +7.7%, while Biden is at +6.6%, Sanders is at +5%, and Warren is at +1% (didn't see Klobuchar or Bloomberg polled here). A couple of questions to examine here on the electability front: is Buttigieg's national weakness simply a lack of name recognition and where he is recognized he shoots up? Does this work across demographic, specifically racial, groups or does he only do this with white people? Or is he just abnormally strong in those two places and this isn't an effect that can be replicated outside of early primary states?