Just when you think all the value has gone out of the market for next US president, something pushes the odds compilers back to front and centre.
Republican candidate Donald Trump’s goose appeared to be well and truly cooked following a spate of lurid ‘hot mic’ recordings, the worst relaying the property tycoon’s terrible attitude towards women in conversation with former ‘Access Hollywood’ presenter Billy Bush.
You could have had 13/4 about the 70-year-old after those tapes aired three weeks ago, which hit closer to 5/1 following Trump’s reluctance to promise to accept the results of the election at the end of a relatively-strong debate showing on Fox News ten days ago.
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was riding the crest of a wave, with bwin making her odds-on to take solidly-red Arizona off the GOP and seeing her shorten in Republican strongholds like Georgia and even Texas.
Any form of 50-state strategy has been blown right out the window by news that FBI director James Comey will reopen the file on the former Secretary of State’s rogue email server, with braindead former New York congressman Anthony Weiner’s latest ‘sexting’ scandal thought to be somehow linked.
Weiner, a serial offender now under investigation for contact with a 15-year-old girl, is the estranged wife of Huma Abedin – Clinton’s closest aide – so tying together the two east coasters will be a key theme for the Trump campaign during the last ten days before polling.
That being said, the GOP horrorshow needs to overperform in states such as Florida, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania on election night if Trump is to stand a chance of becoming 45th POTUS.
He appears to behind in all four, in the latter pair by a long way, so prospective First Lady Melania should hold off on measuring up the White House for red satin curtains just yet.
Clinton is 3/10 to win, which still looks by far the likeliest outcome.