With the nominees for each major political party already decided and the general election a little more than four months away, Democrat Hillary Clinton is a -320 betting favorite (bet $320 to win $100) to become the 45th President of the United States at online sportsbook Bovada. Presumptive Republican nominee and American businessman Donald Trump is listed as the +260 underdog (bet $100 to win $260).
Clinton, the former Secretary of State and wife of former President Bill Clinton, is expected to officially become the first female candidate from a major party to earn the nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia at the end of July. She has won 2,746 delegates, including superdelegates, with a majority of 2,383 required for the nomination.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has 1,875 delegates and finally announced his support for Clinton last Friday, although his supporters are still torn on who they will vote for on November 8. According to a Bloomberg Politics national poll of likely voters conducted on June 14, 55 percent of those who have backed Sanders throughout the primaries said they would cast their ballots for Clinton.
Meanwhile, Trump has won 1,537 delegates on the Republican side, with a majority of 1,237 required for nomination. His main opponents – Texas Senator Ted Cruz (569 delegates) and Florida Senator Marco Rubio (166) – were surprisingly far less competitive in the primary elections, giving Trump an easy victory.
However, there is still an outside chance that delegates tied to Trump could vote against him at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which will be held a week earlier than the DNC between July 18 and 21. If that happens, they may nominate a different candidate.
That scenario is a longshot though, with many Trump opponents choosing to back him lately rather than continue to fight him in an effort to defeat Clinton. Trump currently trails in two major polls, with Clinton showing a 12-point advantage (51 percent to 39 percent) over him in a Washington Post/ABC News survey released on Monday and a five-point edge (46 percent to 41 percent) in a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Trump recently fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and does not have nearly the same amount of fundraising support as Clinton despite being a self-proclaimed billionaire. Those factors could end up helping Clinton widen the gap even more.
Another key decision yet to be made by both candidates is their running mates. There has been speculation that Clinton will choose Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren as her Vice President, with many considering her the favorite for that job.
Another popular VP choice for Clinton would be Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, who previously served as Governor of the state. Some consider Kaine the favorite while Julian Castro and Sanders have also been mentioned. Castro is the current U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and the former Mayor of San Antonio.
For Trump, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Ohio Governor John Kasich are all names floating around to become his VP, with announcements expected to come over the next month.