Heading into the first turn of the 2016 Run for the White House, it’s the filly, Hillary Clinton, showing the early speed and widening her lead over the field in the presidential horserace.
Clinton, at 13-8, is the odds-on favorite to win the 2016 US presidential election, according to oddschecker.com, a British betting service that tracks online bookmakers.
Sen. Marco Rubio, of Florida, is the nearest Republican rival to Clinton, coming in a distant second at 12-to-1 odds. Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (16 to 1) comes in third in this early look at the betting odds for the presidential race more than 30 months out.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (20-1), son of former Pres. George Bush and brother to Pres. George W. Bush, is eyeing a run to shore up the family dynasty.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D., Massachusetts, is on the board at 21-to-1 in the early betting odds.
Betting odds to win the 2016 US presidential election
- Hillary Clinton (13-8)
- Marco Rubio (12-1)
- Chris Christie (16-1)
- Jeb Bush (20-1)
- Elizabeth Warren (21-1)
- Rand Paul (22-1)
- Joe Biden (26-1)
Clinton has picked up the pace since January when she was a 2-to-1 bet to win. Rubio holds steady to his 12-to-1 odds from the first of the year, when he was tied with Christie. Christie’s odds have fallen off since then, as the straight-talking governor fights to rescue his brand and his presidential ambition, following his administration’s political payback scandal of shutting down lanes on the George Washington Bridge, resulting in massive traffic tie-ups for days and a crippling of emergency services to the Fort Lee, NJ area.
Best bets for the Republican nomination, according to the oddschecker.com tracker, are Rubio and Christie, both at 5 to 1.
Bush has positioned himself just off the pace at 8-to-1; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and 2012 vice-presidential nominee, Sen. Paul Ryan, of Wisconsin, both go off at 9-to-1 odds.
Betting odds to win the Republican nomination
- Chris Christie (5-1)
- Marco Rubio (5-1)
- Jeb Bush (8-1)
- Rand Paul (9-1)
- Paul Ryan (9-1)
- Ted Cruz (16-1)
- Scott Walker (17-1)
Further back in the odds for the Republican nomination is Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for President in 2012, at 37-1. Romney has said on a number of occasions that he would not make a third run for the White House, but observers notice that he has stepped up his public appearances and criticism of the Obama administration, and of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the heavy favorite to be the standard bearer for the Democrats in 2016.
Businessman Donald Trump (64-1) is a longshot to win the Republican nomination, oddsmakers say.
On the Democratic side, Clinton (8-11) is the big favorite to win her party’s nomination, followed by Warren, the first-term senator from Massachusetts, at 12 to 1. Vice-president Joe Biden is back at 18-to-1 odds to head the ticket in 2016. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of New York, is also given an 18-to-1 shot in the early betting to win the Democratic nomination.
Betting odds to win the Democratic nomination
- Hillary Clinton (8-11)
- Elizabeth Warren (12-1)
- Joe Biden (18-1)
- Andrew Cuomo (18-1)
- Kirsten Gillibrand (20-1)
- John Kerry (40-1)
Popular side bets on the 2016 race are:
Winning Party: the Democrats (4-5) are favored to make it three wins in a row over the Republicans (5-4) in presidential elections. The Democrats are pulling in 57 percent of the action, by volume, on that bet.
Gender: Oddsmakers are saying that there is a good chance that the United States will elect its first female president in 2016, drafting off Clinton’s strong candidacy. Odds of a woman prez? 7-4, according to oddschecker.com. The odds of a man getting elected: 8-15. About two-thirds of betters are putting their money on a woman on this wager.