Mike Pence Well Backed in Early Betting On 2024 US Election
Republican Mike Pence may not be the favourite to win the 2024 US election but that hasn’t stopped bettors backing the current vice president to claim victory.
Pence is all set to leave government this January as Donald Trump’s time at the White House comes to an end. Democrat Joe Biden won the 2020 election by a 74-vote margin in the Electoral College and will be inaugurated on January 20.
Trump’s VP has largely kept quiet about allegations of widespread voter fraud in the manner the president has claimed, which suggests the 61-year-old has half an eye on a run for office at the next election.
Whether he would earn the Republican candidacy for 2024 largely rests on if Trump himself decides to run again.
Yet the uncertainty hasn’t prevented punters siding with Pence to claim the presidency when voters return to the polls.
Pence Backed To Win 2024
According to Ladbrokes, more money has been placed on Pence at 16/1 to win the 2024 election than any other name. And while the majority of these bets are likely to have come before polling day last November, it reflects the confidence bettors have in the VP.
The second-most amount of money backed on a potential 2024 victor is Trump, who has floated around 8/1 to win that election.
Trump appears keen to run again after losing the most recent election – although reports suggest allies are warning the businessman against another presidential campaign following the recent riots at the Capitol.
Notably, while Kamala Harris and president-elect Biden are both 4/1 to win the next election, neither have edged the two most likely Republican candidates when it comes to bets placed.
This may be because of their shorter odds, with punters wary of how Trump has previously upset the odds to claim the 2016 election victory ahead of favourite Hilary Clinton.
Who Else Could Run For 2024?
Trump’s daughter Ivanka has come in as close as 15/1 in recent days to win the next election and appears unlikely to shy away from politics now her father is out of office.
Ivanka is said to be willing to attend Biden’s inauguration this January in place of Trump, who tweeted he would not be on the steps of the Capitol to welcome in the new president.
Former US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is also being tipped to run in 2024. The Republican, 48, is seen as a candidate who could capture the centre ground in a battle with the Democrats, while also appeasing the Trumpian wing of the party.
At around 14/1, Haley’s odds haven’t moved in recent weeks but that doesn’t mean she won’t be a regular presence among Republican opposition over the next four years.
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