New Hampshire has kick-started Donald Trump’s Presidential bid after a night at the polls which also saw the Granite State carry through their expected heavy victory for Bernie Sanders.
Trump is now second favourite to be elected US President this year at 9/2 (from 8/1) following a convincing result with the latest count seeing the real estate mogul collect around 35 per cent of the Republican vote.
The big surprise however was second place in the Republican figures, which saw John Kasich come home with 16 per cent.
Trump’s main rivals had a night to forget, with Marco Rubio lagging in a surprise fifth while Iowa winner Ted Cruz came third having spent a minimal amount of money and focus in the state.
New Hampshire’s results have solidified Trump as favourite with the bookies to be the elected Republican Nominee, with Ladbrokes 11/8 on the former Apprentice host running for the White House later this year.
Matthew Shaddick of Ladbrokes said: “New Hampshire couldn’t have worked out much better for Trump. This might be bad news for the Republican Party, but it’s not much better for us bookmakers, who are facing some huge payouts on the one-time 100/1 no-hoper.”
Rubio’s woeful night is reflected in the betting too, with the former odds-on favourite now out at 3/1.
Over in the Democrat corner Bernie Sanders carried through his promise of a sizeable victory with 60 per cent of the votes.
Hillary Clinton was left to pick up the pieces with 38 per cent, but Sanders’ Vermont connections were always going to boost his chances in the Granite State and Clinton remains Democratic favourite.
Sanders’ odds on becoming the Democratic Nominee have shortened slightly from 4/1 to 10/3, but Clinton is still favourite at 1/4 as the race heads to a host of States where Sanders’ lack of ethnic minority support could be exposed.
South Carolina is next up, and while Sanders continues to keep the Democratic dual interesting, the Republican race is only just heating up.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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