Despite courting controversy across the United States and indeed most of the world, Donald Trump is now at his shortest price yet to win the 2016 US Presidential Election.
Having steadily come in from 150/1 back in June, the former host of the US Apprentice hovered between 8/1 and 6/1 for much of the past three months.
Trump has viciously divided opinion with comments on how he proposes to tackle some of America’s issues in recent weeks, but according to the American media he continues to increase his advantage in the polls.
Indeed the advantage has become so great, that Trump has hinted he may drop out of the Republican race and run as an independent candidate.
Faced with a wave of opposition from rival Republican candidates, following his comments on Muslims, Trump seemingly has one eye now on going it alone.
A new poll indicates that 68% of my supporters would vote for me if I departed the GOP & ran as an independent. https://t.co/ztP5d2ctZl
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2015
This appears to be much more than just hot-air from the New York-born businessman, and Ladbrokes are 4/1 that Trump runs as a 3rd Party Candidate.
Marco Rubio is still favourite at 13/8 to win the Republican nomination and it remains to be seen what effect Trump’s controversy has on the 44-year-old’s chances.
Should Trump defect and run as a third party, Rubio’s strongest challenger is likely to be Ted Cruz, who has made major gains according to the polls.
Cruz has taken on a somewhat more aggressive stance, not just through his views but seemingly even his on-screen persona and it appears to be paying off with polls in Iowa placing him favourably.
According to one poll Cruz has overtaken Trump in Iowa and is now 9/2 to win the Republican battle having been out at 12/1 six weeks ago.
Still in the mix but on the back foot is Jeb Bush at 8/1, who, despite a very healthy campaign budget is continuing to lag behind.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
Fancy a flutter? Sign up today to claim up to £50 in free bets.