Gambling Site Has More Bets That This Non-Candidate Will Win Than Any Other Democrat Actually Running

by Joseph Curl September 19, 2019

One British bookmaker has more wagers on one candidate to win the Democratic presidential nomination — and the person isn’t even officially running.

U.K. bookmaker Ladbrokes takes  betters wager on the race, and according to Matthew Shaddick, head of their political betting division, Hillary Clinton is atop the pack, Newsweek reports.

“The site currently has Clinton’s betting odds at 20 to 1, placing her alone in seventh place as far as best odds. That is ahead of most of the people actually running, including Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke.”

“We’re baffled, to be honest,” Matthew Shaddick, head of political betting at Ladbrokes, told Newsweek. “We’ve taken more bets on her to be the Democratic candidate than any of the other runners.”

Leading the polls is former Vice President Joe Biden. But Biden is not the favorite in the Ladbrokes market for the Democrats’ 2020 nominee. The favorite is Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren at 6/4. Biden is currently the second favorite at 5/2.

In third place is independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist, on 5/1.

“I’ve seen some speculation about what might happen if Biden had to drop out for some reason—perhaps that would leave a space for her to occupy in the field?” Shaddick said of Clinton. “Doesn’t really convince me as a good reason, though.”

Elizabeth Warren now 6/4 favourite to be 2020 Democratic nominee with *squints* Hillary Clinton moving up the field.

— Ladbrokes Politics (@LadPolitics) September 18, 2019, which gives its users  all the odds by aggregating the prices of the leading legitimate oddsmakers, also has Warren now atop the pile, with most bookies putting her at 4/1 (bet $1, win $14). Former vice president Joe Biden comes in at about 6/1.

Meanwhile, blogger Matt Drudge has made his pick. “It’s Elizabeth Warren’s nomination to lose…” he wrote Wednesday on Twitter.

It’s Elizabeth Warren’s nomination to lose…

— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) September 18, 2019

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