democratic donkey and republican elephantBetting on political election outcomes has become more challenging than at any other time in history, possibly. Over the past three years longshots and dark horses in the U.S. and around the globe have been winning with ever-greater frequency as political polling seems to have fallen from a science to a crap-shoot.

The first Democratic Party Primary debates have just ended and odds for the candidates have already been updated. In case you haven’t caught on yet betting on political events is heating up and you can see there’s been new updates since the debates ended. With 16 months to go until the presidential election, various betting props will continue popping up and most of them will likely be related to President Trump.

The wild mob of Democrats contending for their party’s nomination have just begun the process of taking each other out and history tells us that things will get meaner and meaner as the field of candidates gets leaner and leaner.

If you enjoy the challenge of wagering on which one will ultimately be the challenger to President Trump in November of 2020, conventional polling has become virtually useless to you. Especially in the United States, polling results seem more and more tailored to appeal to the particular political tastes of the readership or viewership of web sites or television outlets.

Anti-Trump outlets like regularly tout polling results which make President Trump seem in danger of an imminent downfall. Pro-Trump outlets like regularly tout polling results which make his reelection seem very, very likely.

It’s gotten so that the oddsmakers at betting sites look more reliable than pollsters because those oddsmakers are quite literally putting their money where their mouth is. They aren’t swayed by political prejudices and keep the process as close to a science as possible.   


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  1. hanspostcard

    Good point- I also expect the democratic candidates to really start going for the throat as far as trying to destroy their fellow candidates- dog eat dog. I have no clue as to who will come out on top at the end- I wouldn’t get on it- but I don’t think it will be Uncle Joe or Bernie.

    • I know what you mean. I agree about Joe and Bernie, too. I’m also still SO sick of the fact that the campaigns start so early. We are still more than a full year away from actually voting in 2020.

      • hanspostcard

        I agree its like on election night 2016 the next election was beginning. Have you ever read Hunter Thompson’s Fear And Loathing On The Campaign Trail ’72? One of my favorite books- I re-read it every election year– back then in 1972 candidates were declaring in the year of the election- not 2 years or so in advance.

      • Yes, I read it along with The Boys on the Bus, from that same election year. And hell, according to history there was a time when LABOR DAY was considered the official kickoff of that years’ presidential race and anyone openly campaigning before then was looked on as unappealingly ambitious.

      • hanspostcard

        Its a sad state of affairs for sure.. I figured you had read Fear and Loathing- and Boys On The Bus- both great reads IMO.

      • Yes, I agree, they are both great reads!

  2. T.Z.

    People will bet on anything!

  3. Gino


  4. Raoul

    Betting on sports is more fun!

  5. Really nice style and design and good subject material, very little else we want : D.

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