November 25, 2013

Handicapping the GOP field

Eventually I'll get to the point that I can add more thoughts on the various candidates with respect to all the different issues facing the country.  But for now, I thought it would be interesting to see what a professional handicapping outfit forsees.

Ladbrokes of London is one such well-known, respected handicapper that offers odds on the 2016 election. They have currently posted the odds for the GOP nominee for 2016.

Here's how it looks so far.  To me it appears that the conventional wisdom is dominating the handicapping, which at this point makes sense.

Chris Christie -4/1
Marco Rubio -5/1
Rand Paul -8/1
Paul Ryan -10/1
Jeb Bush -10/1
Bobby Jindal -16/1
Ted Cruz -16/1
Condoleeza Rice -20/1
Scott Walker -20/1
Susana Martinez -20/1
Rick Santorum -25/1
Eric Cantor -25/1
Bob McDonnell -25/1
Rob Portman -25/1
Sarah Palin -33/1
Mike Huckabee -33/1
Nikki Haley -33/1
Jon Huntsman -33/1
Mike Pence -40/1
John Kasich -40/1
Ron Paul -50/1
Donald Trump -50/1
Mitt Romney -50/1
John Bolton -50/1
Rick Perry -50/1
John McCain -50/1
David Petraeus -66/1
Ben Carson -100/1

It leaves me with a question for readers.  How would you feel with Christie as the nominee, were these odds to pan out?  Alternately, if it came down to Rubio and Christie, what would your opinion be?
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