Joe Biden has ruled himself out of the US Presidential running, and the move has only served to add more weight behind Hilary Clinton’s Democratic campaign.
Some will say Biden was never really in the race, having done very little in the way of a Presidential candidate campaign over the past six months or so, but nevertheless he remained a contender should he suddenly have decided to go for it.
But, he hasn’t, and his official removal from the Democratic fight has been good news for Hilary Clinton supporters and the party itself.
As such, Clinton is now 1/7 to be nominated Democratic Candidate, having been an already a confident 1/3 before Biden’s announcement.
Clinton’s nearest opponent – and in the betting her only close opponent – is Bernie Sanders at 9/2.
Sanders’ odds had been as short as 3/1 before Biden’s withdrawal, again suggesting that many voters for Biden will now shift to Clinton.
How Sanders’ goes about his tactics and strategy in what is now very much a two-horse race remains to be seen, having initially refused to pursue a negative campaign.
Though the 74-year-old is still reluctant to engage in publicly slating his opponent, in recent weeks he has moved away from a Mr. Nice Guy attitude in response to actions from Clinton’s court.
In particular Clinton’s changing viewpoints on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Keystone XL pipeline have brought her into direct competition with issues Sanders has been against for years.
As ever, with the business end of this campaign looming for both candidates, both are no longer afraid to publicly challenge the other – reluctantly or otherwise – and a particular hotspot in the battlefield is who secures the support of LGBT voters.
It is a key issue for both sides, given Clinton’s previous support for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 signed by her husband.
The odds suggest however that even if Sanders causes her some problems in the months to come, Clinton should still prevail in the Democratic race.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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