Elections

The California governor has improved his position ahead of Tuesday’s recall election even as President Joe Biden has slipped.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s approval ratings have bounced back from August lows, giving him a double-digit lead going into the Golden State’s Sept. 14 recall election.

By STEVEN SHEPARD

09/10/2021 07:05 PM EDT

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President Joe Biden’s Monday campaign event with California Gov. Gavin Newsom will be a meeting of two Democrats whose fortunes are careening in opposite directions.

For Newsom, the past six weeks have been a resurgence after finding his political career on the ropes. For Biden, they’ve been a nightmare after a strong start to his presidency.

Just a month ago, FiveThirtyEight’s poll average showed California voters divided evenly on whether to retain Newsom or boot him from office. Meanwhile, Biden’s average approval rating sat at 51 percent, 8 points higher than his 43 percent disapproval.

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