The Fox News and Facebook Republican primary debate is upon us. The polls say that gadfly Donald Trump is the frontrunner, but the considerably more foretelling oddsmakers contradict. Trump has overtaken some rivals in the betting odds as he increases his lead in the polls. However he still trails Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and Marco Rubio in the more prophetic indicator. Trump is just a notch above Rand Paul in which handicappers would say is a five-man race at this juncture.
Republican and Democratic polling experts will agree that, “anything can happen” in 16 months. Hence, a whopping 24 contenders (and undeclared aspirants) are listed at conservative (so to speak) 50-1 or less.
Jeb Bush is nearly even money, topping all contestants at 5/4. Scott Walker, who stood up to multi-million dollar unions and won is next at 4/1. Marco Rubio, the son of legal immigrants checks in at 6/1. Along comes the trump card. The Donald is No. 4 at 8/1, staving off Libertarian leaning Rand Paul at 10/1.
Former Ohio governor John Kasich and physician Ben Carson are each at 16/1. Kasich is considered an early pacesetter for Vice President, as Ohio is a perennial swing state.
Carson is a physician and like Trump has the outsider appeal. Political handicappers had as an early chalk New Jersey governor Chris Christie. He is now 20/1 with former Fox News host and minister Mike Huckabee.
The sports betting podcast will continue to track the odds for both the Republican and Democrat primaries, as well as for the general election.