Before the US presidential elections begin, there's the small matter of who will represent each of the country's two main political parties, the Democratic Party and the Grand Old Party (GOP) - better known as the Republican Party. While at times the Republican primary can seem like a landslide (in 2004, incumbent President George W. Bush ran unopposed), the race - especially in recent decades - can feature a wealth of candidates with a chance, making US Republican primary betting an enticing prospect.
The basic premise behind the selection of the Republican party candidate is that party delegates (elected officials) choose a candidate they pledge their support to. Registered party members then vote at primaries (or hold debates at caucuses) to decide which delegates to send to the national convention. Delegates that win the primary (or caucus) are sent to the convention, where they vote for the presidential candidate.
However, there are certain aspects of the primary process that may change, and should be factored into the betting process.
Things to look out for are:
When you're tracking the primaries, there are some dates that always deliver fireworks. Iowa and New Hampshire are the two states that, as the first of the primaries, always deliver a statement of intent from the candidates, and soak up 50% of the media attention devoted to the entire process.
South Carolina is considered a "firewall" primary for Republican candidates: this primary tends to be the one that kills the momentum of insurgent candidates that gained traction in Iowa and New Hampshire. It did it to Bob Dole in 1988, to John McCain in 2000, and there'll be more to come. Since the 1980s, Super Tuesday, towards the end of the process, has traditionally hosted most of the state primaries, and marks a pivotal moment for most candidates.
Those who are keen to analyse the primary process as it unfolds still have plenty of options when it comes to how to play a betting strategy.
If US Republican primary betting isn't enough, there’s a lot to consider in the Democratic primary betting markets. Alternatively, you can bet on the 'winning party of next US Presidential election' with Winner Sports and even pick the gender of the next US president.
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