Things are heating up in the US political scene, and from the long list of candidates running for presidency a clear consensus in the Pinnacle Sports’ US Election betting market is starting to emerge. Find out who the odds suggest will be taking up residence in the White House this November.
Following the results of Super Tuesday on 1st March, the nomination race for both the Democratic and the Republican field has narrowed down with a Trump-Clinton head-to-head looking more probable than ever.
With both candidates having a U.S. senator standing in their way - Sanders for the Democrats and Cruz on the Republicans side - and with party voters increasingly willing to send them into the battle for the White House, here’s what the Pinnacle Sports’ odds suggest for the chances of Clinton and Trump to become the next US President.
The odds-on favourite next US President
Former secretary of state and first lady, Hillary Clinton, announced her bid for the White House in April 2015 ending two years of speculation and marking the beginning of one of the least contested races for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Around 23 years since she entered the White House as first lady, and only eight years since she lost a humiliating battle for the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama, Mrs Clinton is back to run for the title her husband held from 1993-2001.
Since July 2015 Clinton has been consistently leading the Pinnacle Sports’ odds for the next US President. Despite being severely criticized for her involvement in a number of scandals, culminating in the Beghazi hearing that shot her odds of winning the US presidency as high as 2.560, the odds shortened back to 1.641 at the beginning of 2016 ahead of the primary elections.
In a way, Clinton is exactly where the Democrats expected her to be; one step away from the nomination she was denied by Obama eight years ago. At 1.483* at the time of writing, the Pinnacle Sport’s odds are favouring Clinton to win the battle for the White House in November.
The controversial underdog
Things are less clear for Trump though. The real-estate mogul, who entered the political scene in August and was widely expected to be a political “has been” sooner rather than later, owes his successful run of results both to the fractured nature of the Republican field as well as his determination to tap into the mood of anger at large in the US.
Despite the fact that the majority of public opinion polls showed him to be the favourite to win the GOP nomination since he first announced his candidacy, the odds only followed suit at the beginning of the years, with Trump consistently leading the Republican nomination market since mid-January.
At 1.562* at the time of writing, he is now seen as the most viable opponent to Clinton, despite fierce internal opposition. Having won 384 delegates against 300 for Cruz ahead of the winner-take-all Florida primary (99 delegates), 15th March is a key date to look at. Should the party voters follow Mitt Romney’s advice in his recent anti-Trump speech and support Cruz, Trump could be prevented from nomination.
Bettors have shown great uncertainty in Trump’s capacity to win the general elections with the odds fluctuating from as low as 2.270 a week ahead of the Iowa primary to 6.600 following the chaotic Republican debate that was took place after the New Hampshire primary. Trump is currently at 4.620* to win the US Presidential Elections.
Trump vs. Clinton: The final showdown
Looking further down the road to a potential head-to-head with Clinton, Trump will have to fight both outside and inside forces to establish himself as a viable Presidential candidate against a long time political stalwart.
As the reality of Trump leading the Grand Old Party this fall is starting to sink in, Republican lawmakers are starting to air their anxieties about running on the same ticket as the unpredictable billionaire businessman.
New York Republican representative Peter King, said on CNN that Trump running for Republicans, would be "a terrible loss." Chris Collins, another Republican representative from New York, who initially backed Jeb Bush for president, was the first member of Congress to endorse Trump.
"You'll be amazed how quickly the wounds heal up, how fast everybody becomes 'good friends,'" he said.
With Trump poised to rack up more wins in several states, the motor-mouthed mogul softened his tone at his victory party in Palm Beach, Florida. “I’m a unifier”, he claimed.
While there is still a mathematical chance that Trump and Clinton can be caught, the Pinnacle Sports’ odds are suggesting that voters in November’s general election will be faced with a difficult electoral choice: the first woman president with an abundance of corruption scandals swirling around her name or a brash businessman who defies “politics-as-usual” and promises to make America great again.
Things look hard for Trump, but if you accept the possibility of a reality star leading the Grand Old Party, then dismiss his general election chances at your own peril.
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