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For 2020, Beto O’Rourke Now Has Better Odds Than Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders



After suffering a heartbreaking defeat to Ted Cruz in the 2018 Texas Senate election, Beto O’Rourke’s odds to become president have soared.

The 46-year-old U.S. Congressman from Texas’ 16th district gave Ted Cruz a run for his money this week, but came up just short.  Now gamblers from around the world are betting heavily on O’Rourke to overtake President Trump in the 2020 election.

Using an online resource called OddsChecker, which essentially is a repository of betting odds from websites around the world, HillReporter was able to rank the overall odds put forth by these websites for the potential 2020 presidential candidates.  We were able to rank all of the possible candidates by their given odds to win both their party’s nomination as well as the overall presidency.

When it comes to the 2020 Democratic Nomination, Beto O’Rourke has shot up to #3, sitting behind just Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, just ahead of Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and the rest of the potential field of candidates.

Rankings based on odds to win the 2020 Democratic Nomination:

  1. Kamala Harris
  2. Elizabeth Warren
  3. Beto O’Rourke
  4. Bernie Sanders
  5. Joe Biden
  6. Amy Kloubchar
  7. Kirsten Gillibrand

While O’Rourke trails both Harris and Warren when it comes to his odds of winning the Democratic nomination, he ranks higher than Warren when it comes to being elected president. He only trails Donald Trump and Kamala Harris in this category.

Rankings based on odds to win the 2020 Presidency (among Democrats only):

  1. Kamala Harris
  2. Beto O’Rourke
  3. Elizabeth Warren
  4. Joe Biden
  5. Kirsten Gillibrand
  6. Michael Bloomberg
  7. Tulsi Gabbard

You will notice that Bernie Sanders didn’t make the top 7 on the latter list.  This is because one online betting site, bet365, gave him 125:1 odds, compared to other sites which gave him 16:1 odds.  This greatly affected his overall ranking.

It is worth noting that none of these candidates officially announced their candidacy for 2020 yet, and we are still 2 years away from the election.  A lot can change in a 2 year period.

U.S. Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas).
Photo credit: Beto O’Rourke/Flickr