Bookies have increased the odds of Donald J. Trump winning the 2020 US election this afternoon after Democratic opponent Joe Biden secured a lead in several states that could secure his election.
The bookies continue to back former vice president Joe Biden in the 2020 US presidential election after he overtook current President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania and Georgia.
At this moment in time, Biden has 253 of the 270 electoral college votes required to win the presidency while Trump trails behind with 214.
Biden is the favourite to win the election with Sky Bet and BetVictor offering odds of 1/50, while Unibet has priced the outcome at 1/100.
A Trump presidency looks even more unlikely to the bookies with Sky Bet pricing a Trump presidency at 16/1 and 888sport and Unibet offering odds of 14/1.
Biden takes the lead in Pennsylvania and Georgia
Overnight, Biden took the lead in the state of Georgia, which has counted 99% of the votes cast in the election.
However, this afternoon, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger said that the state will hold a recount as 4,169 votes remain to be counted, and approximately 8,000 military absentee ballots are still in the mail.
Raffensberger said: “Right now Georgia remains too close to call. With a margin that small there will be a recount in Georgia.”
The bookies are predicting a Biden victory in Georgia with Sky Bet offering odds of 1/20 and Unibet pricing the outcome at 1/16. Trump’s odds however currently sit at 8/1 with Sky Bet and 13/2 at Unibet.
Biden also took the lead in Pennsylvania this afternoon, which has counted 98% of all votes in the state.
Sky Bet has priced a Biden victory in Pennsylvania at 1/50 while Unibet has the outcome at 1/66. Trump’s chances of winning the Keystone state look slim with Unibet pricing the outcome at 11/1 and Sky Bet offering 16/1.
If Biden wins Pennsylvania he will win the necessary electoral college votes to become the next president of the US.
A handful of other states have yet to finish counting votes including Arizona, North Carolina and Nevada.
Sky Bet and Unibet predict a Biden victory in Arizona with odds set at 1/4 and 1/5 respectively while Unibet has a Trump victory in Arizona at 3/1 and Sky Bet at 11/4.
Although Biden is the favourite to win Arizona, the latest figures reveal that his lead in the state has narrowed. According to the BBC’s figures, Biden is leading Trump in Arizona by 43,570 votes down from the previous margin on 47,000 votes.
Biden’s chances of winning Nevada sit at 1/33 against Trump’s odds which sit at 12/1. The Democratic nominee also extended his lead in the state of Nevada today and has a 22,141 lead on Trump.
It still looks as if North Carolina will go to Trump, with Sky Bet pricing a Trump victory in the state at 1/9 against 5/1 for a Biden win.
Trump continues to make fraud allegations without providing evidence
Last night, Trump held a press briefing where he doubled down on his allegations of voter fraud, again, without providing any evidence.
Trump claimed that he has already won the election despite votes still being counted in several battleground states.
The current president spoke of “tremendous corruption and fraud in the mail-in ballots” without any evidence. Trump’s allegations and statements were slammed across US and international media outlets and USA Today even stopped streaming the press briefing early and have even removed it from their site.
In a statement, USA Today editor in chief, Nicole Carroll said: “President Trump, without evidence, claimed the presidential election was corrupt and fraudulent. We stopped the livestream of his remarks early and have removed the video from all of our platforms. Our job is to spread truth – not unfounded conspiracies.”
Today, after news of Biden pulling ahead in Pennsylvania, the Trump campaign issued a statement saying that “This election is not over.”
Campaign lawyer Matt Morgan said: “The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final.”
Morgan claims, without any evidence, that ballots in Georgia were “improperly harvested” and that observers in Pennsylvania were not given “meaningful access” to observe the counting of votes even after receiving a judge’s order allowing them to observe the ballot counting yesterday.
Although Biden holds a lead in several key states and it looks like he is indeed heading for the White House it is still too early to assume either candidate has won the election.