Place your bets on the future of the United States — just not in the United States.
Warning gamblers that betting on elections in the U.S. is not legal, gambling site US-Bookies is giving Republican challenger Tommy Tuberville 1/8 odds of beating incumbent Alabama Democrat Doug Jones, who’s coming in at 9/2. Those are the most lopsided odds for any incumbent senator.
The Copenhagen, Denmark-based online betting house also says odds are good the Republican majority loses five senators in November, when senate seats in Arizona, Colorado, Maine, North Carolina and Iowa flip from red to blue.
While a blue wave is expected to roll through Washington D.C. next month, odds are against GOP power-broker Lindsey Graham being swept away by well-funded Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, according to US-Bookies.
“Though many suggest Lindsey Graham’s in danger of losing his senate seat, the odds say he’s sitting quite comfortably at the moment, as he’s still more likely to win,” US-Bookies wrote in a press release announcing its listings. “Graham has 4/9 odds to win the 2020 U.S. Senate Election in South Carolina, while Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison is 13/8 to win.”
Graham — the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman — is under fire for attempting to push through a Supreme Court Justice nominee in an election year despite having twice said in the past that should not be done.
Harrison has so far spent $52 million on TV and digital advertising versus Graham’s $19 million, according to Politico. He continues raising record funds in the weeks leading to the election, including a $57 million haul in the third quarter of 2020. Polls show the pair neck-and-neck.
The tightest senate race this fall is happening in Iowa where Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield is a slight favorite over Republican incumbent Joni Ernst, the bookmaking site believes.
Republicans currently hold 53 seats to the Democrats' 45, with two Independents in the chamber. Controlling the Senate has been crucial to the Trump administration, is on the verge of pushing through a third Supreme Court Justice. After President Trump was impeached in 2018, the GOP came to his aid, blocking witnesses from testifying at his trial.
US-Bookies notes its odds “are for illustrative purposes only, as wagering on such props is not currently legal in any U.S. state.”
The data was pulled from betting markets outside U.S. borders.
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