Which Democrat could take on Donald Trump in three years-time?
According to Oddschecker, the seven betting favourites for becoming the Democratic nominee are Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Cory Cooker, Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris and Joe Biden. But what about the outsiders? The 21st century is the political age of outsiders, so it’s likely that none of the current favourites will make the cut come the start of the next decade.
1. Julian Castro
This young Hispanic and former Mayor of San Antonio served as HUD Secretary in the final years of the Obama administration. According to Reuters, Hillary Clinton considered Castro as a running-mate in last year’s election, but ultimately went with Tim Kaine. Ladbrokes offer odds of 25/1 for a Castro nomination.
2. Terry McAuliffe
This businessman turned Governor of Virginia chaired Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign for president. The last Democratic governor to go on and win the presidency was Bill Clinton who won two terms in the ninties. Politico has speculated that McAuliffe is gearing up for a 2020 bid. His odds with both Coral and William Hill are 50/1.
3. Tulsi Gabbard
Gabbard currently serves as a Congresswoman from Hawaii and supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primaries. According to the Economic Times, she was the first ever Hindu elected to Congress. The odds of her becoming president? 50/1 with Ladbrokes, but only 20/1 with William Hill.
4. Mark Zuckerberg
Every now and again a media report emerges speculating about a Zuckerberg presidential ticket. The Facebook ad tech giant was not even old enough to run for president in the 2016, but will be when the 2020 one comes around. The shortest odds available for him to become the Democratic 2020 nominee are 14/1 with William Hill. Ladbrokes offer odds of 16/1.
5. Marty Walsh
Walsh previously served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives before becoming Mayor of Boston following an election victory in 2013. For those looking for a progressive Democratic voice- a younger alternative to Bernie Sanders perhaps - could Walsh come to their rescue? His odds with Coral currently stand at 50/1.
6. Nancy Pelosi
Pelosi has been the United States’ House of Representatives minority leader since 2011, and has previously served as Speaker of the House. She has plenty of law-making experience, however, her low approval ratings could hold her back. The latest YouGov/Economist poll (27th – 29th) puts her net approval rating at -23%.
7. Jim Webb
Webb was once a Republican, having served as Ronald Reagan’s Navy Secretary, before becoming a Democrat last decade. He served as a US senator between 2007 and 2013 and even considered a Democratic presidential bid for the 2016 election. His odds of becoming the Democratic nominee in 2020? 66/1 with William Hill.
All odds can be accessed on Oddschecker and are accurate as of the 4th September.