As several US states continue to count votes for the next US president, the bookmakers continue to back the former vice president Joe Biden.
Bookmakers continue to back former vice president Joe Biden in the 2020 US presidential election as several states continue to count votes.
Biden has managed to secure 243 of the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the presidency while Donald J Trump has 214 votes.
At the time of writing, Sky Bet has priced a Biden presidency at 1/10, while PaddyPower is offering odds of 1/9. William Hill, Bet Victor and Betway have priced the outcome at 1/7 and Unibet have set odds of Biden winning the election at 2/15.
Alternatively, Sky Bet, Betfair and PaddyPower have priced four more years of Trump at 6/1. Other bookmakers, including 888sport, Unibet, Betfred and 10bet are currently offering odds of 5/1 for a Trump victory.
Seven states to go
While Biden holds a 29 vote lead on Trump seven states, which have the potential to change the direction of the election, have yet to finish counting votes.
The outcome of the election will hinge on these states which include Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania’s votes should be counted by Friday 6 November. Whereas Nevada and Alaska have until Tuesday 10 November to count their postal votes and North Carolina has until Thursday 12.
A handful of bookies are still taking bets on which presidential candidate will win these contested states.
Biden is still the favourite to win Pennsylvania with Sky Bet and PaddyPower pricing the outcome at 1/7 and Unibet offering odds of 1/6. A Trump victory in the Keystone State is looking even more unlikely than it did yesterday, with PaddyPower and Sky Bet offering odds of 4/1.
The bookies are also predicting Biden will manage to win over Arizona voters, with Sky Bet, PaddyPower and Unibet pricing the outcome at 1/4, 2/7 and 2/15 respectively. Trump’s odds of winning Arizona currently sit at 11/4 at Sky Bet, 5/2 at PaddyPower and 11/5 and Unibet.
Bookmakers are also predicting a Biden win in the state of Nevada with odds of 1/5 at Sky Bet and 1/7 with Unibet. Trump’s chances of winning the Silver State have increased to 10/3 at Sky Bet and 7/2 at Unibet.
Trump’s odds of winning Georgia’s votes with Sky Bet, PaddyPower and Unibet are priced at 11/8, 5/4 and 31/20 respectively. However, the bookies are not ruling out a Biden victory with Sky Bet pricing the outcome at 10/3, PaddyPower at 4/7 and Unibet at 4/9.
It looks like Trump may hold onto North Carolina as Sky Bet has set the odds of Trump winning the state at 1/5 and while Biden’s odds sit at 10/3.
The current state of the election
At this moment in time, we are no closer to determining which of the candidates have won the election than we were this time yesterday.
Overall election turnout this year is projected to be the highest in 120 years with a 66.9% turnout percentage. However, this figure can change as more votes are counted.
So far, Biden has won a record 71.5m votes and has said he will win enough votes to become the next president, however, results from the key swing states remain outstanding.
Trump, however, has made allegations of voter fraud without offering any substantial evidence. On top of this, his campaign has launched legal action to stop the counting of votes in different states without any real evidence whatsoever. The campaign also called for a recount in the state of Wisconsin.
Last night voters in key battleground states took to the streets of several cities to demand that counting of the votes be allowed to continue, while others, mainly Trump supporters, called for the counting to stop.
Last night, an election centre in the state of Arizona was forced to temporarily close its doors to due to unrest from armed pro-Trump supporters outside the venue calling for the count to end.
Today, the Republican party in Nevada revealed it is planning to file a lawsuit in the Silver State, claiming that approximately 10,000 votes were cast by people who don’t live in the state anymore.
The Trump campaign has also demanded to observe the counting of votes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to ensure there is no foul play when counting the votes. However, there is no evidence of voter fraud in the state.