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Updated political odds, with my thoughts on how recent events have changed the landscape for political wagering

A lot has happened since my last post, Crazy Democrat Debate last night, Stone sentenced, Bolton, admits his comments were a publicity stunt. So let’s take a look at the lines and how they have changed.

Since my last post, I made two wagers. Both on the same bet. I bet against Sanders getting the Democrat nomination. My avg paid on the wager is 53/47. The line has moved against me, but I see no way the establishment is going to let him have the nomination.

It will end up being a brokered convention and again he will get the shaft. At least I am betting that way:)

The Dem nomination odds are stacking up as follows:

Sanders 56/44
Bloomberg 20/80
Biden 12/88
Buttigieg 11/89
Warren 6/94
Clinton 95/5
Klobuchar 3/97
Steyer 1/99

Aside from wagering against Sanders, I think getting 19 to 1 on Clinton is a decent wager. Once they get to a brokered convention anything can happen. She turned down any thought of being VP. Its a longshot but you are getting a nice price. Another decent value wager is getting 4 to 1 on Bloomberg.

You could bet on both and most likely win one of them. I see no way that Sanders gets the nomination. The Democrats know that Trump wins 48 states if Sanders heads the ticket.

The Presidential winner odds are:

Trump 55/45
Sanders 31/69
Bloomberg 12/88
Biden 6/94
Buttigieg 5/95
Warren 3/97

About the same as the Dem nomination with Trump into the mix. I think right now the best value is on the Dem nomination.

Control of the House after 2020

61/39 in favor of the Dems. This has come down from 5 to 2. The value is pretty much gone on this wager, however, I plan on wagering against the “dirty 30” across the board. They will all be incumbents, so most likely the odds will be even money to perhaps getting plus odds. I cannot see ending up behind when the smoke clears. At the worst half will lose. And at the best close to a clean sweep.

I think this is the best value of all heading into 2020.

Control of the Senate after 2020

72/30 in favor of the Republicans. This seems about right. I do not like either side of this wager.

Another wager I will be looking at is whether Graham wins the SC primary. The price will be sky-high, and SC is less than happy with him. I will likely have a small wager that Graham gets knocked off in the Republican primary.

Collins has no primary opponent and Maine is a tough state to handicap. So there is no wager there.

I would like to see a line come out on whether Romney finishes his term. Utah is on the warpath, and I could foresee something happening on that one. But until a line comes out it makes for interesting speculation.

That about covers it:) I am open to questions via email or skype.

You can follow the political odds at predictit.org. Predictit.org

RickJ
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Impeachment acquittal, Romney, updated political odds. My thoughts for a Wedn evening

At long last, the impeachment nightmare is behind America. It started before Trump was elected and has ended 9 months before he is up for reelection. When you add up the tally my guess is close to 100 million was spent on this fiasco. And all taxpayer money.

Has America learned any lessons from this? My guess is no. Expect more of this, especially now that the Senate gave some thought to hearing witnesses and Romney voted to convict. So, its open season now.

Then we move onto Iowa, and the Dems still cannot come up with the final tally on the vote count. As soon as I saw Podesta in the mix, along with an app financed in part by Soros, it was a sure thing that chaos would develop. And it has.

Let’s take a quick look at the odds and see what changes Iowa and the acquittal brought:

Trump is now a slight favorite to win the 2020 presidential election While Sanders is the closest to him at 5 to 2. Biden has dropped to 10 to 1 with Bloomberg up to 7 to 1.

What is clear is Biden is toast. Now it is just who survives to run against Trump. Sanders is the front runner but establishment Dems are not going to let him have it. So it will either be Bloomberg or another person yet to enter the race. My guess:)

The Republicans are now pulling ahead in the odds to win the presidency at 54-46. I expect that to keep going up as we get closer to November.

The only sure casualty I can see from all of this is Romney. One has to wonder what he was thinking, but whatever it was he is now a pariah in the Republican party. The base will never forget this.

Other casualties will be Jones in Alabama, but he was gone no matter which way he voted. Manchin is toast, but he has 4+ more years in his term. Voters in WV will not forget this betrayal. In a sense, his was worse than Romneys as WV is one of the strongest Trump states in the Country. He betrayed his constituents, essentially giving them the middle finger.

Collins has weakened herself on the witness vote, how this plays out in November remains to be seen. But she does not have a primary challenge so I anticipate Trump will support her and bring her over the finish line.

As I said yesterday, America needs 2-year terms in the Senate, Term limits, Campaign finance reform, and a complete investigation into who else is stealing taxpayer money from foreign aid, by having there children work for foreign companies. This is not isolated to Biden. My guess is it is common practice, by both parties.

Other odds:

Control of the House: 5 to 2 in favor of the Dems
Control of the Senate: Just a tad less than 2 to 1 in favor of the Republicans.

I like getting 5 to 2 that the Republicans take the House. As I see it it is going to hang on controlling voter fraud. If they get that done, the Republicans should take back the house easily. Getting 5 to 2 on what I see is at worst even money is a pretty good overlay.

I am waiting for lines to come out on the republican primary races and the senate and House races individually. That I think is where the easy money will be this year.

I will be looking to fade virtually every House member that is running in States that Trump won. With any luck, I will be getting plus odds on most of them as they will be the incumbent.

I am also going to be taking a close look at Graham in the primary. He has a primary challenger, and my guess is he will be a 10 to 1 favorite. Getting 10 to 1 that Graham will lose in the primary seems like a reasonable wager to me.

Once the new lines come out with the various matchups I will be looking to make some wagers.

RickJ
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Impeachment acquittal comments, Romney, updated political odds. My thoughts for a Wedn evening

At long last, the impeachment nightmare is behind America. It started before Trump was elected and has ended 9 months before he is up for reelection. When you add up the tally my guess is close to 100 million was spent on this fiasco. And all taxpayer money.

Has America learned any lessons from this? My guess is no. Expect more of this, especially now that the Senate gave some thought to hearing witnesses and Romney voted to convict. So, its open season now.

Then we move onto Iowa, and the Dems still cannot come up with the final tally on the vote count. As soon as I saw Podesta in the mix, along with an app financed in part by Soros, it was a sure thing that chaos would develop. And it has.

Let’s take a quick look at the odds and see what changes Iowa and the acquittal brought:

Trump is now a slight favorite to win the 2020 presidential election While Sanders is the closest to him at 5 to 2. Biden has dropped to 10 to 1 with Bloomberg up to 7 to 1.

What is clear is Biden is toast. Now it is just who survives to run against Trump. Sanders is the front runner but establishment Dems are not going to let him have it. So it will either be Bloomberg or another person yet to enter the race. My guess:)

The Republicans are now pulling ahead in the odds to win the presidency at 54-46. I expect that to keep going up as we get closer to November.

The only sure casualty I can see from all of this is Romney. One has to wonder what he was thinking, but whatever it was he is now a pariah in the Republican party. The base will never forget this.

Other casualties will be Jones in Alabama, but he was gone no matter which way he voted. Manchin is toast, but he has 4+ more years in his term. Voters in WV will not forget this betrayal. In a sense, his was worse than Romneys as WV is one of the strongest Trump states in the Country. He betrayed his constituents, essentially giving them the middle finger.

Collins has weakened herself on the witness vote, how this plays out in November remains to be seen. But she does not have a primary challenge so I anticipate Trump will support her and bring her over the finish line.

As I said yesterday, America needs 2-year terms in the Senate, Term limits, Campaign finance reform, and a complete investigation into who else is stealing taxpayer money from foreign aid, by having there children work for foreign companies. This is not isolated to Biden. My guess is it is common practice, by both parties.

Other odds:

Control of the House: 5 to 2 in favor of the Dems
Control of the Senate: Just a tad less than 2 to 1 in favor of the Republicans.

I like getting 5 to 2 that the Republicans take the House. As I see it it is going to hang on controlling voter fraud. If they get that done, the Republicans should take back the house easily. Getting 5 to 2 on what I see is at worst even money is a pretty good overlay.

I am waiting for lines to come out on the republican primary races and the senate and House races individually. That I think is where the easy money will be this year.

I will be looking to fade virtually every House member that is running in States that Trump won. With any luck, I will be getting plus odds on most of them as they will be the incumbent.

I am also going to be taking a close look at Graham in the primary. He has a primary challenger, and my guess is he will be a 10 to 1 favorite. Getting 10 to 1 that Graham will lose in the primary seems like a reasonable wager to me.

Once the new lines come out with the various matchups I will be looking to make some wagers.

RickJ
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Political Odds Updates

9/25/17

Tomorrow is the Alabama special election.  When the line came out at 2 to 1 in favor of strange I had mentioned I thought they had the wrong favorite and estimated the line to be closer to 4 to 1 in favor of Moore.

This morning just a day before the election Moore is now a 6 to 1 favorite. And that might be too low.

This is in spite of McConnell pouring millions into the race.

This race should set the tone for establishment republicans vs Trumpers (for lack of a better word)

My theory is that in 2018 it will be the Trumpers that gain rather than the Dems. The big losers will be the establishment Republicans. The mood is sour among the voters. Even more so when Trump got elected.

If Moore does trounce Strange then the numbers on all establishment Republicans who are being primaried are way too high.

Flake was a favorite when the line opened and he is now a 3 to 2 dog. But the primary my guess is he will be closer to a 4 to 1 or even 6 to 1 dog.

Heller the same.

If you’re looking for a long shot, take a look at Ryan. Ryan is a 5 1/2 to 1 favorite. Take the odds. By the primary, it will be no higher than 3 to 1. And if things really go wrong for Ryan closer to even money.

Do not underestimate the anti-establishment mood in the Country.

Another one to look at is whether the Dems will take control of the house. The odds right now slightly favor the Republicans.

In a normal off-year election the party not in control picks up at least 25 to 30 seats.  However, my guess is this will be far from a normal election off year.

I view the odds more like 3 to 1 in favor of the Republicans. A nice overlay here.

One more that looks good to me is which party will win the White House in 2020. The odds are 55 to 45 in favor of the Democrats. I think they have the wrong favorite here. I put it at 2 to 1 in favor of the Republicans at the very least.

Now a lot can happen between now and 2020. But right now It looks like they have the wrong favorite here.

These odds in no way reflect my personal opinions on any issues. I am fortunate enough not to be burdened with any dogmatic ideology. I am purely an issue-driven person. I find myself on occasion on either side depending on the issue.

Now the more interesting question is whether the establishment Republicans will take heed after Strange gets trounced. Most likely not is my guess. They will go down with the establishment ship.

By 2020 McConnell will not be leading the Senate and Ryan if he survives will not be leading the house.

Let’s see how close I come:)

 

9/12/17

Some changes in the political odds since I have posted last:

Moore has moved to a 5.5 to 1 favorite over strange. No surprise to me and I doubt Strange will even get close even with McConnell’s backing.

Both Heller and Flake are now 2 to 1 dogs to win the primary. These should keep going down and by the primary, I suspect closer to 5 to 1 now on each against them winning.

The Republicans have moved to being a slight favorite 106 to 100 to win the house in 2018. Should be closer to 2 to 1 by election day.

Ryan is now 6 to 1 to win the Primary. The Anti establishment movement has not affected this line yet. I believe it will with a good chance Ryan goes the way or Eric Cantor.

A new line looks attractive here. The odds are 101 to 100 that Menendez gets convicted this year. The only risk I can see is if the trial goes past year end or there is a mistrial. Otherwise, I see the odds of a conviction closer to 10 to 1.

I have not been following the speed in which the trial will proceed so that would need to be determined before a wager on it. But it’s rare to see this type of trial go longer than a month once it has begun.

The lines are moving along with my expectations of the Non-Establishment Republicans getting the benefit of the political chaos that has consumed U.S. politics.

We will get a hint of this on September 26th.

Rick

 

 

 

 

 

9/6/17

Not much activity since I last posted. Moore is moving back to over 3 to 1 favorite in the Alabama special election. I had predicted 4 to 1 even when he was a dog but now I am thinking more like 6 to 1. I do not see much chance of Strange beating him.

Flake is hanging around at a 3 to 2 dog in the Arizona primary. This is another I think is way off. I had predicted 5 to 1 against and I think that is giving him the benefit of the doubt. By the primary, my guess is he will be at least a 5 to 1 dog.

Ryan is a 6.5 to 1 favorite in the Wisconsin Primary. I had put him at around 3 to 1 and by the primary, he might even be less than that.

There is a new matchup posted on Rosenstein. He is a 6 to 1 favorite to be deputy AG on 12/31st. This, in my opinion, is contingent as to when and how the Special Counsel wraps up. If Trump gets past the special counsel threat with it being behind him, my guess is Sessions and Rosenstein will be shown the door.

Now he might wait until after the 2018 elections but that would be a bit of a gamble. So this is a line that is hard to evaluate as its contingent on many variables. All of which I would not hazard a guess on.

Things will be clearer on this soon is my guess.

One I like a lot now is Heller to lose the NV Primary. He is a 2 to 1 favorite to win it and my thought is he should be a 3 to 1 dog. But the primary it would not surprise me to see the odds switched on this one.

That should bring you up to date on these. The first that is coming up is Moore vs Strange. That should give the first clue as to how bad the Republican establishment is going to get hit in the primaries. My feeling is it will be brutal.

Rick

 

 

8/31/17

A few changes in the odds since my last post. Moore has changed from 4 to 1 to 7 to 3. One thing to note about these lines is that the liquidity is so small that any size wager will move the lines. 4 to 1 is still my prediction as to the proper line in favor of Moore.

Kasich has moved down to 5 to 4 favorite to run in 2020. I have not changed my opinion as to it being 5 to 2. If he does decide to run and its Kasich vs Trump in the Primary I put Trump as a 5 to 1 favorite over Kasich. That might even be a bit on the low side.

Control of the House has moved to even money now from 5 to 4. My prediction is control of house 2 to 1 in favor of Republicans.

Flake is still a 6 to 4 dog to win the Az primary. This is one of the best values Ii see on the political odds screen. I view him as at least a 5 to 1 dog.  I commented on this when Flake was a 2 to 1 favorite!

The 2nd best is Ryan in the primary. Ryan is staying steady at 5 to 1 favorite. The line was 7.5 to 1 when I put out the play. I view the odds at no more than 3 to 1. And I would not be surprised to see the line close to 2 to 1 by the primary.

My view is that Establishment Republicans are going to get crushed in 2018. However not by the Dems but by nonestablishment Republicans.  Nothing has changed in the way the electorate views Congress except that their view is worse than it was when Trump was elected if that is possible.

Congress has been blind to this and by the time they wake up if ever, it will be too late. From the Russia investigation to not condemning Antifa the mistakes keep piling up. And importantly the people’s business has been thrown aside for partisan politics by both parties.

I do not see this changing. It appears to me it is only going to get worse as both Ryan and McConnell now are going out of their way to speak out against Trump. In addition, Trump has learned that appeasement is not the right course with Congress. He has now chosen a path of direct confrontation.

That leads me to Trump’s agenda. We saw what happened to health care. I expect a similar fate on tax cuts, immigration, debt ceiling and the wall. Congress as I see it will do whatever they can to make sure Trump has not delivered on his major campaign promises. As McCain said after casting the deciding vote on the Health care bill. “Let’s see Trump Make America great now!  Or something to that effect.

The mistake the Republican’s are making is thinking that their actions will hurt Trump. I doubt the base will go for it. My guess is as I have stated Establishment Republicans are going to take the hit in the primaries and in the General it will be the Dems.

I do not say this with glee however as the two party system is essential to provide a proper balance in a Democracy. So hopefully there will be moderates on both sides to provide some leadership before we turn into a one party system.

I will post updates every few days as I see the odds change and new situations posted.

If anyone has any questions regarding the odds of a certain event feel free to comment on this site or send me an email at [email protected]

 

 

 

8/29/17

Moore holding steady as a 4 to 1 favorite. It hit my target of 4 to 1 about 2 weeks ago after Moore being a dog a few months ago when I pointed out the EV on the wager.

Flake has now moved to a 2 to 1 dog. Moving nicely to my 5 to 1 target. I have very little doubt it will get there.

Ryan is now down to 5 to 1 moving closer to my 3 to 1 target. I suspect 3 to 1 might be too generous as by primary time he may be closer to even money.

Kasich has now moved to a 2 to 1 favorite to run in 2020. Getting close to my 5 to 2.

Nothing new lately on political odds that looks good to me. One that I would like to see as who is the first to go If Trump gets the Russia issue behind him, including the special counsel.

My guess is it will be Sessions. Although he might wait until after the 2018 primaries. I would also like to see a line put out on establishment Republicans who opposed Trump vs non-establishment Republicans in the primaries.  I would put the 2nd as a 10 to 1 favorite to gain seats in the primaries.

I would also like to see a line put out on establishment Republicans who opposed Trump vs non-establishment Republicans in the primaries.  I would put the 2nd as a 10 to 1 favorite to gain seats in the primaries.

That’s it for this morning. Always interesting to evaluate political odds. Many variables to consider:)

RickJ

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