Democratic Primary betting can be a very lucrative business for keen-eyed political betting enthusiasts. In 2016 it was the GOP flaunting what felt like an endless list of potential nominees but now it's the Democrats' turn.
Trump might have a strangle hold on the Republican nomination but the Democratic nomination is wide open for 2020. The favorite to win seems to shift almost every month and will only get worse as more and more candidates jump in.
Sen. Bernie Sanders is the current favorite to win the 2020 Democratic Nomination at 3/1 but is only just ahead of Kamala Harris (4/1) and the media darling Mayor Pete Buttigieg (6/1).
Former VP Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke have both seen their odds steadily rising over the last few weeks as they continue to fall in the polls.
Bernie Sanders is the favorite to win the nomination at 3/1 and many expect now that he's officially in the race he will push even further ahead.
The biggest threats to a Bernie nomination in 2020 was once Joe Biden but as more time passes without the former VP jumping in the race it appears Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg are the most threatening.
If Biden jumps into the race, he will look to get Obama's support which would presumably put him into the favourite spot over Bernie but many believe Obama won't back anyone till the nomination is secured.
The two most interesting candidates running for the Democratic nomination have to be Andrew Yang and Pete Buttigieg.
Yang, a successful entrepreneur who made a bulk of his wealth in Silicon Valley, is gaining momentum as of late for his advocacy of universal basic income for Americans.
Buttigieg, whom the media have dubbed 'Mayor Pete', is the current mayor of South Bend, Indiana and could be the biggest surprise of the entire race so far.
Yang has seen significant rise in the polls even passing Democrat heavy-weights like Booker and Warren but he still polls behind the likes of Biden and Beto but Buttigieg is not only gaining support, he's risen in the polls to sit just behind Harris and Bernie.
It will be interesting to see if candidates seemingly unknown to the US public just a months ago can hang with the more prominent names like Bernie and Biden.
Beto O'Rourke hit the spot light during the 2018 midterm elections when he nearly knocked off incumbent Ted Cruz to become the Senator from Texas.
Beto, as they like to call him in the media, might have lost his race but gained enough popularity (and raised enough money) to garner attention in the 2020 race.
Once described in a Politico article as "Barack Obama, but white", Beto is the hot name right now, especially after his official announcement.
Unfortunately for Beto, his luster has begun to wore off and he's slipping in the polls. A field as crowded as this is bound to see a lot of fluctuation but as of late, backing Beto isn't looking as strong as it once did.
First-term California Senator, Kamala Harris was not much of a household name in 2016 but sure is now that she is considered one of the top candidates to challenge Trump in 2020.
Entering her name in the race for the 2020 Democratic Nomination well ahead of any other prominent names, Harris got a serious jump start in the polls and has yet to relinquish that momentum.
If you think Harris is the nominee come November 2020, it might be worth waiting to back her till another fluctuation and she offers a bit more value.
In order to determine who will represent their party, every state will vote in either a primary or a caucus.
There are subtle differences between the way they both work, and matters are further complicated by the fact that each party and state has its own legislation about exactly how to conduct them.
The basic process works in the following way: party delegates (elected officials) pledge their support for a presidential candidate, before party members vote for their chosen delegates to attend the national convention, based on who they support.
The delegates then attend the convention and vote for their presidential candidate.
Timing your bet is vital to extracting maximum value from Democratic primary betting, and there are a number of historically important events and dates that can help you get this right.
Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries traditionally open the presidential candidate selection process; since 1976, every single nominee from both parties has won one of these, so these markets are worth looking into.
The Iowa Caucuses are set to take place on February 3, 2020.
New York and California, which now votes on Super Tuesday, tend to be reliable as they are generally the states with the most Democrat delegates.
Since the 1980s, Super Tuesday has been the day on which most states hold their primaries, and it's generally make-or-break time for serious candidates. Super Tuesday is planned for March 3rd, 2020.
There are plenty of ways to build a betting strategy when gambling on the outcome of the nest US Democratic Primary. For example:
Use your research to develop a strategy that suits your betting outlook, and don't deviate. A big risk with emotive betting markets like the Democratic primaries is getting caught up in media hype, which can cause problems.
In addition to choosing who to back and when, you might want to consider jumping to the US Presidential election betting market too. Remember, the prices in all political betting markets change quickly.
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