Hillary Clinton may have had the upper hand in Iowa in the race for the Democratic Presidential Nominee, but things are expected to be very different as the campaigns head up to New Hampshire, with Bernie Sanders set to prevail.
Clinton’s advantage in the Hawkeye state was next to nothing, with some caucuses literally having to decide their outcome on the flip of a coin.
In New Hampshire however, Sanders’ warm, personable and approachable image looks set to work wonders – he’s 1/50 to win the State – while defeat for Clinton would be particularly galling given her family’s history in the state.
Clinton – 10/11 to win the Presidential Election – won New Hampshire in 2008 when up against Barack Obama, while husband Bill also claimed a notable win there in 1992.
Sanders looks set to upset the order however, and the rivals have come to blows in recent weeks with a series of attacks on each other’s methods, history and policies, particularly during a heated yet respectful debate last Thursday.
Even Bill Clinton hauled himself into the mix at the weekend in front of a small crowd in Milford, as what began as support for his wife became an angry tirade at Sanders.
The 42nd President of the United States has remained largely dormant in terms of speaking publicly about his wife’s drive for the White House, so his weekend outburst was yet another reminder of how seriously a rival the Clintons consider Sanders.
Sanders – from New Hampshire’s neighbour Vermont – is still the 4/1 underdog to win the Democratic Nomination, but that price may well tumble depending on the margin of his expected victory.
A recent CNN/WMUR poll had Sanders claiming 58 per cent to Clinton’s 35, though polls immediately after Iowa had Sanders at around a 2-1 margin to beat the former Secretary of State.
Hillary remains strong favourite at 1/6 with Ladbrokes, but should she suffer a second straight loss in the opening two States, we could be in for some very interesting times ahead.
Will New Hampshire go for the traditional politician in Clinton, or Sanders and his people-person vibe?
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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