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Trump Travels Odds Journey to Presidency

Trump Travels Odds Journey to Presidency - Bovada Sportsbook

Donald Trump’s chances to win the U.S. Presidential election were not taken seriously at the outset of the campaign, but the billionaire businessman still ended up paying out on the odds.

Trump began as a +20000 longshot on the odds to win the U.S. Presidential election at the start of the campaign, as he was up against a crowded field of contenders for the Republican Party’s nomination. That group included the likes of Chris Christie, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Jeb Bush – who was the clear early frontrunner for the Republican nomination.

Trump, though, began to pick up support almost immediately, and by the start of the year had moved to the front of the pack on the odds to be the Republican nominee. Bush dropped out early in the primaries, with final foes Kasich, Rubio, and Cruz also falling out of the race. After grabbing the Republican nomination Trump sat at +205 on the odds to win the presidency.

Clinton’s Campaign Trail

That, however, still left him as the clear underdog against Hillary Clinton, who had held down favored status on the presidential betting lines since announcing her candidacy and outlasted Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries. And the former First Lady, New York Senator, and Secretary of State had much more experience than Trump on the campaign trail.

Clinton’s lead on Trump in the odds held into the fall and the start of the debate schedule. After the first debate between the rivals on September 27 Trump’s odds to win the presidency stood at +195, but they had dropped to +425 by October 7 when the infamous recording of his conversation with Billy Bush was leaked. Two more debates between the candidates followed on October 10 and October 19, and Trump’s odds sat at +375 after they were in the books.

That kept Trump as the clear underdog on the presidential odds heading into the home stretch of the campaign, but his betting line got a bump to +200 on October 28 when the FBI started an investigation into a newly-discovered batch of Clinton emails. A week later, however, Clinton was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing and Trump’s odds fell back to +350.

The Democrats were then feeling good about their chances in the election, with Trump having settled in as a +375 underdog to win the presidency by Tuesday morning. By the end of the evening, however, as Clinton lost battleground states such as Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, Trump’s odds had surged to -3000 before the lines were finally taken down.

Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, January 20, 2017.

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