Following last night’s chaotic debate, the bookies are still backing former Vice President Joe Biden to win the 2020 US Election.
Last night, President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden clashed in the first US presidential debate and the bookies are still backing Biden to win the presidency in November.
In the run-up to the debate, several political commentators wondered whether Bidden would be able to hold his own in a debate against Trump but after the debate, those worries should be dispelled.
As of this morning, Vbet has Biden at 5/7 to win the presidency in November while four more years of Trump is priced at 11/8 at Skybet. When it comes to winning the popular vote Betfair has Biden at 1/6 and Trump at 7/2.
Prior to the debate, Biden was the bookie’s favourite to win the election while Trump’s odds trailed behind and the trend has continued following the chaotic debate.
A ‘chaotic’ debate
The debate has been described as “chaotic” in the general media and rightfully so as there was more bickering between Trump and Biden than any real discussion on policy or the issues facing Americans today.
Both candidates clashed on the President’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the issue of racism in America, the economy and Trump’s taxes, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
Throughout the debate, Trump constantly interrupted Biden’s responses which prompted the former vice president to tell him to “shut up” and even call him a “clown.” Trump was rebuked several times by the debate’s moderator Chris Wallace for refusing to let Biden speak.
In the run-up to the debate, the polls suggested Biden would come out ahead of Trump and although neither candidate managed to land a heavy blow, Biden didn’t do any damage to his reputation and showed that he can handle the pressure of debate.
Before the debate, Biden was the favourite to win the CNN poll on the debate winner and by the end of the debate, Biden won with a comfortable 60%.
Following the debate, opinion polls suggest Biden has a steady single-digit lead over Trump, but surveys from several swing states suggest the election will be a very close contest.
The debate has helped edge Biden ahead of Trump with the bookies, but Trump is still in the running and it would be too early to count him out.
However, Trump will have his work cut out for him in the run-up to the election, especially with the revelation that he only paid $750 in federal income tax in 2016 and 2017 and the Guardian’s investigative report that revealed Trump’s party sought to suppress African American voters in the 2016 election with help from Cambridge Analytica.
The next presidential debate
In the run-up to the US election, there will be three more presidential debates which will be held on 7 October in Utah, 15 October in Florida and 22 October in Tennessee.
The next debate will be the sole vice-presidential debate between Biden’s running mate, Democratic senator Kamala Harris and Trump’s vice president, Mike Pence.
Susan Page from the newspaper USA Today will moderate next week’s debate which will run 90 minutes and be divided into 10-minute segments to discuss various issues.