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Smart Money? Vegas Takes Fright and Flight At Biden-Harris Chances

Joe Biden delivers his acceptance speech to the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

Election Betting Odds Move Against Biden Amid VP Selection and Convention

Joe Biden delivers his acceptance speech to the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
Joe Biden delivers his acceptance speech to the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

“Vegas,” using the term as a synonym to describe the seven betting odds firms aggregated by Real Clear Politics, has looked at Joe Biden’s announcement of Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as his running mate, and doesn’t like what it sees.

President Donald Trump was leading Mr. Biden when the election betting odds calculation commenced in March. That might have been expected pre-COVID when the economy was roaring along. Mr. Biden took the lead on June 2, when all COVID hell broke loose — again, as might have been expected.

Mr. Biden’s lead reached its current Zenith of 24.6 points on August 1, at 61% to 36.4%. Since then, it has been a literal ski-slope downward trajectory for Mr. Biden, as the RCP graph below clearly shows. Using the haruspex methodology — and why not, it is as good as the 2016 prognosticators methods — the turning point appears to have been President Trump’s July 4 address at Mt. Rushmore.

RealClearPolitics Bettings Odds: Trump vs Biden. Screenshot taken on August 23 2020.
RealClearPolitics Bettings Odds: Trump vs Biden. Screenshot taken on August 23 2020.

The president came across as singularly focused and patriotic, a stark contrast to Mr. Biden’s basement tapes. That also coincided with the president’s steady rise in polling and, more importantly, the closing of the gap between him and Mr. Biden in the battleground states.

As it stands as of this writing — and remember Vegas is fluid — Mr. Biden’s lofty 24.6-point lead has crated to just 12.4 points, the lowest since June 20. More to the point, it was 19.6% on “Kamala Day,” or August 11. It was 15.2% at the start of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

Clearly, there has been no “bounce” for Mr. Biden from either his vice presidential selection or — perhaps the most worrying for his team — since the end of the convention and acceptance speech to the nation. President Trump’s odds were at their lowest point at just 36% on July 20. It now stands at 43.1%, prior to the 2020 Republican National Convention and his acceptance speech from the White House.

If he has even a decent convention, the lines in the graph may well cross again, a position Mr. Biden would not wish to be in as the real season of the election commences.

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Contributing Columnist

M. Joseph Sheppard is an author and columnist who writes on politics and economics. Called "A Leading Pundit" by Newsmax, his articles have appeared and been cited on American Thinker, The Federalist, Time Out U.K. and numerous other venues.

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