The debates are over and now it is time for the candidates to focus on campaigning and winning the election just three weeks away. Let’s discuss the presidential odds as we round into the home stretch.
It's Up for Debate
Who won the debates really depends on who you're talking to, but objectively speaking it appears as though Hillary proved more masterful at deflecting than Trump. Where Clinton dodged and weaved, Trump took the shots and continued to try to explain and explain and explain again. It appears as though Trump's campaign advisers are either collective yes-men and women, or the candidate refuses to take constructive criticism from his camp.
My scorecards say that Clinton won a unanimous decision in the first debate, Trump took a split decision in the second and Clinton won another unanimous decision in the third and final debate. Though Hillary's margin of victory in the final debate was not as great as in the first, it didn't have to be, as Trump's numbers continue to lag behind the former Secretary of State. It was a solid performance of playing defense when Clinton was questioned about her deleted emails, she deftly changed the topic and once again avoided answering the question.
Presidential Betting Odds
The presidential betting odds continue to move towards Hillary as she has become an almost prohibitive favorite. Paddy Power has already begun paying out on those who included Hillary Clinton in their presidential betting picks. The Irish Bookmaker reports Clinton has an 85 percent chance of winning.
Lewis Davey, a representative from Paddy Power, told USA TODAY in emailed comments that "we're in the business of making predictions and in this instance, we've seen sufficient evidence to be confident enough to declare Hillary the winner ... If Trump wins we'll be paying a double payout and left with some seriously expensive egg on our faces."
However, there is speculation that the majority of Trump voters are sitting in silence, waiting for Election Day to be heard. Though the boisterous crowds of Trump zealots have made headlines, there are rumored to be many who dislike the man but support his message and more importantly, despise Clinton. The post-debate tracking polls have Clinton with a five-point edge in the general election but Trump supporters are refusing to concede, arguing that their candidate will triumph in the end with a groundswell of support from their silent majority.
The offshore sportsbooks are all trending towards Clinton but if you don't mind laying the inflated price then shop on over to Bovada where they are dealing Clinton at -550. If you believe Trump will prove the pundits wrong then Bookmaker is dealing the GOP nominee at +482.