Who Will Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Name as Running Mates?

Following a difficult loss in the Indiana primary, Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced that he would be ending his campaign — effectively succeeding the Republican presidential nomination to Donald Trump. This may have come as a shock to members of the media, but not to oddsmakers. Trump has been the favorite to win the Republican nomination since January 11th, when his odds (+200) barely trailed Jeb Bush (+160).

On the democratic side, oddsmakers once again seem to be one step ahead of the general public. Although most sportsbooks aren’t offering odds for the Democratic nominee, the current presidential odds offer tremendous insight into their projections.

Bookmaker.eu, which is considered one of the sharpest offshore sportsbooks, is taking $5,000 max bets for the three remaining candidates. That dwarfs the limits set by traditionally public books like BetOnline and Bovada.

After accounting for the 6.5% hold, we find that the candidates have the following implied probabilities of winning the upcoming election:

  1. Hillary Clinton: 72.02%
  2. Donald Trump: 26.07%
  3. Bernie Sanders 1.91%

Clearly oddsmakers believe that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be facing off in November. In fact, Bookmaker.eu has already posted odds on the Vice Presidential selection for both candidates.

Hillary Clinton

Candidate BetOnline (6/24) Bookmaker (5/16) Bookmaker (5/6)
TIM KAINE +174 +365 +400
ELIZABETH WARREN +300 +745 +700
JULIAN CASTRO +600 +155 +200
TOM PEREZ +1200 +1230 +1200
SHERROD BROWN +1600 +1235 +1100
CORY BOOKER +1800 +1700 +1500
BERNIE SANDERS +2000 +900 +1650
JOHN HICKENLOOPER +2000 +2000 +1600
MARTIN O’MALLEY +2500 +1300 +900
MARK WARNER +2500 N/A N/A
AMY KLOBUCHAR +2500 N/A N/A
JOE BIDEN N/A +2000 +1700
BRIAN SCHWEITZER N/A +2250 +1700
EVAN BAYH N/A +2500 +1950

Donald Trump

Candidate BetOnline (6/24) Bookmaker (5/16) Bookmaker (5/6)
JEFF SESSIONS +250 +1380 +990
NEWT GINGRICH +400 +180 +1350
CHRIS CHRISTIE +800 +915 +400
JOHN KASICH +1000 +445 +240
JONI ERNST +1200 N/A N/A
BOB CORKER +1400 N/A N/A
SUSANA MARTINEZ +1600 +435 +520
BEN CARSON +2000 +900 +1730
SCOTT BROWN +2000 N/A N/A
MARY FALLIN +2500 +2810 +1670
JAN BREWER +2500 N/A N/A
MIA LOVE +2500 N/A N/A
BOBBY JINDAL N/A +10000 N/A
TED CRUZ N/A +3135 +1680
SARAH PALIN N/A +3000 N/A
MIKE PENCE N/A +5500 N/A
CARLY FIORINA N/A +5500 N/A
RAND PAUL N/A +6000 N/A
RUDY GIULIANI N/A +6000 N/A
CONDOLEEZZA RICE N/A +7500 N/A
ROB PORTMAN N/A +3915 N/A
LINDSEY GRAHAM N/A +12500 N/A
JOE SCARBOROUGH N/A +12500 N/A
MITT ROMNEY N/A +20000 N/A
PAUL RYAN N/A +2915 N/A
NIKKI HALEY N/A +2060 +900
SCOTT WALKER N/A +1600 N/A
MARCO RUBIO N/A +1225 +1000
JOHN THUNE N/A +5500 N/A

We should note that Bookmaker.eu is taking $2,000 on Donald Trump’s Vice President and $1,000 on Hillary Clinton’s Vice President. It’s also interesting to see that there are twice as many candidates listed for Trump’s running mate as opposed to Clinton.

In terms of early line movement, Newt Gingrich has seen his stock rise the most. Since opening, the former Speaker of the House has moved from +1350 to +180 which makes him the new favorite. Conversely, Nikki Haley’s odds plummeted from +900 to +2060.

Who do you think will earn the nomination? Did Bookmaker leave off any candidates? Are oddsmakers overlooking Bernie Sanders? Please leave your thoughts in the section below.

The following two tabs change content below.

David Solar

David Solar has been the Content Manager at Sports Insights for over four years. He specializes in sports betting analytics and has created several popular data-driven betting systems. He can be reached directly at david@sportsinsights.com or on twitter at @TheDavidSolar.

No Comments Permalink

Say something

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with a grey bar.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>