Biden Favourite To Beat Trump in First US Election Debate

Biden Favourite To Beat Trump in First US Election Debate
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Joe Biden is the early favourite to ‘win’ the first of three US presidential election debates over rival Donald Trump.

However, he may not enjoy that status for too long as the September 29 opening debate looms.

Biden is the Democratic nominee for the upcoming November 3 election and is currently level with Trump in the election betting markets.

The 77-year-old has already got his campaign underway and recently named Kamala Harris as his running mate for the White House.

Yet while Biden enjoys a healthy poll lead over Trump, things could change when the pair clash in front of the cameras.

US Election Debate Odds

There are three presidential debates scheduled for the autumn, the first of which takes place in Ohio on September 29.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes currently have Biden as the 4/7 favourite to ‘win’ the debate over Trump, who is priced at 5/4. The victor will be decided on the result of a CNN snap poll taken after the debate.

The odds reveal the confidence political bettors have in Biden stealing the show in front of a TV audience.

The debate is expected to centre around current events, with emphasis on the coronavirus outbreak, economic uncertainties, unemployment, race relations in America and trade.

Viewers may not get to fully witness the two candidates’ views over broader issues like healthcare, taxation and immigration until the second or third debate.

Trump Odds Could Shift

Despite the early odds favouring Biden for this first debate, Trump is by no means out of the running and his price could shift between now and the end of September.

Indeed, UK bookmakers have already witnessed how Trump’s price can come in dramatically, even when his poll ratings are way behind Biden’s.

Punters have recently snapped up the high prices offered on Trump to win the US election, which has driven down his odds in that market.

And with a starting price of 5/4 for a one-v-one debate on live TV, Trump’s price in this market could well mirror the other.

State Polling

Meanwhile, the latest round of polling in the United States makes good reading for Biden.

Not only is Barack Obama’s former vice president polling 10 points ahead of Trump across the country (52% to 42%) but he has a six-point edge in the key state of Wisconsin too.

Oddsmakers have Wisconsin at 4/7 to vote Democrat at the upcoming election, which would see the state swing back to blue after Trump earned victory over Hilary Clinton there back in 2016.

And North Carolina, another battleground state, has Biden leading 48% to 46%. However, voters are keen to quiz the presidential candidate on a range of issues in a state that Trump has earmarked as vital for victory this November.

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