The never-ending cycle of US Presidential elections can get boring very quickly. No sooner is a President in office then the whole will-they-wont-they run again starts.
Two years in and they are back on the campaign trail but has any President ever caused as much controversy as Donald Trump?
It seems like half of American loves him and the other half loathes him. But which side will win out in the 2024 US Presidential Election?
A better question, is do any of us actually care? The answer is yes if you’re looking for something interesting to have a bet on!
At the moment it looks like a two horse race between Trump and Joe Biden with Trump leading in the polls in key states.
Take that with a grain of salt because they said the same about Hillary in 2016!
However, bookmakers are quick off the mark and they too have given the edge to Trump for the win.
2024 Presidential Election Odds
Donald Trump is currently the favourite in this closely run contest. Despite all of his legal wranglings, there’s no stopping him as the US voting public grow increasingly tired of Biden.
For that reason, Betway is currently offering odds of 6/4 on Trump to win in November 2024.
Of course, we all know that anything can happen on the road to the White House and Biden isn’t out of the race by any stretch of the imagination.
His odds reflect this and are just marginally higher on 2/1.
The big surprise is Robert F. Kennedy Jnr, who despite currently ranking with around 24% in the polls, is a hefty 20/1.
And despite all of his early traction, Vivek Ramaswamy has slipped in the odds to 40/1.
|Robert F. Kennedy Jnr||20/1|
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And while most of us think the dash for the White House is a two-horse race, we can’t forget that the Republican Party haven’t even confirmed their nominee yet.
We all assume it will be Trump but anything can happen. Likewise with Biden whose obvious decline in health (he is 81 years old!) has become more evident in recent months.
It’s still possible that he will step aside in which case Gavin Newsom has been tipped to take his place. Then again, so has Michelle Obama so honestly, who knows!
Not content to offer us odds on who will win, Betway has cleverly put together a few other ‘specials’ for us to ponder.
- 2024 Democratic Nominee
- 2024 Republican Nominee
- Winning Party
With regards to the markets above, the Republican Party will select its presidential nominee at the National Convention, in Wisconsin, from July 15-18, 2024.
A month later and it will be time for the Democratic Party to select their nominee. That will happen at their National Convention, which will take place from August 19-22, 2024, in Chicago, Illinois.
Based on the last election cycle, we can expect more ‘specials’ to come from the U.S. Presidential Election betting market.
They will include things such as the popular vote versus the electorate college, how many states each candidate will win – you get the idea.
But they won’t become available until much closer to the actual election. As soon as they do, we will go through them all and offer some tips on which are the best bets to place.
Things To Consider
Here are a couple of interesting facts to consider when you’re going through the US Election betting markets.
Ties in the Electoral College
In the 1800 presidential election, Thomas Jefferson and his running mate, Aaron Burr, both received 73 electoral votes, leading to a tie.
This situation ultimately had to be resolved by the House of Representatives, which chose Jefferson as president.
In the 1936 presidential election, Franklin D. Roosevelt won re-election in a landslide, carrying 46 out of 48 states.
He received 98.5% of the electoral votes, the highest percentage in U.S. history.
Closest Electoral Margin
The 1960 presidential election between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon was one of the closest in history.
Kennedy won the popular vote by just 0.17% and the electoral vote by 303 to 219.
In the 1992 presidential election, Ross Perot, an independent candidate, received nearly 19% of the popular vote.
While he didn’t win any electoral votes, his candidacy had a significant impact on the outcome by drawing support away from the major party candidates, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
Occasionally, members of the Electoral College don’t vote for the candidate they were pledged to support.
In the 2016 election, for example, there were seven faithless electors, the most in over a century. They voted for various alternative candidates.
Incumbent presidents seeking re-election have been defeated in several notable elections, including Herbert Hoover in 1932, Jimmy Carter in 1980, and George H.W. Bush in 1992.
In some presidential elections, the candidate who won the popular vote did not become president.
This happened in the elections of 1876 (Rutherford B. Hayes), 1888 (Benjamin Harrison), and most famously in 2000 (George W. Bush), where Al Gore won the popular vote but lost in the Electoral College.
Third-party candidates have occasionally had a significant impact on presidential elections.
In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt ran as a Progressive (Bull Moose) candidate and won more votes than the incumbent president, William Howard Taft, effectively splitting the Republican vote and allowing Woodrow Wilson to win.
Several presidential elections marked historic firsts.
The 2008 election saw the first African American president, Barack Obama, elected.
In 2016, the first woman, Hillary Clinton, was nominated as a major party candidate for president.
The 1896 presidential campaign between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan is considered one of the longest and most expensive in U.S. history.
It was characterised by extensive fundraising, campaign tours, and a significant focus on economic issues.
Ultimately, whichever way you bet, it’s going to come down to the wire. So do a bit of research from objective sources, if you can find any, and that may help you decide what to bet on.