Less than six months have passed since Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. That has not stopped the sudden rise in speculation over who will be involved in the race for the White House in three years time. Former President Donald Trump’s recent return to the campaign trail has added fuel to the fire. The 75-year-old has commanded the attention, and reignited the ire, of US news media with controversial remarks at his recent jam-packed rallies. Trump’s return to the spotlight has also fueled speculation about whether he plans to try to recapture the Oval Office in 2024. There seems to be little doubt in the minds of oddsmakers, who currently have Trump listed as the favorite to be the Republican Party nominee next time around. However, with a new generation of potential Republican candidates quickly emerging, the reality TV star turned Leader of the Free World can expect a tougher fight for the nomination this time around.
MyTopSportsbooks takes a look at Trump’s chance of making a political comeback, as well as the best bets among his likely Republican rivals. Sports bettors getting in on Politics betting action for the first time should refer to our guide for tips on how to hone their betting strategies.
|2024 US Presential Election - Republican Candidate|
|Donald Trump Jr.||+2500||+2000|
|George P. Bush||+12500||+12500|
Trump Returns to the Spotlight
After a somewhat quiet five months following the inauguration of Joe Biden, Donald Trump burst back onto the American political scene with a series of rallies and interview designed to energize his loyal base of supporters. Trump’s return to the spotlight has fueled speculation that he is laying the foundation at yet another run for the White House. The former president has been coy about his plans, admitting only that he has made up his mind about what his next political move will be. However, Trump’s return to the stump has fueled his steady climb since opening as the favorite to be the Republican Party nominee for president in 2024, and now sits perched as heavy +175 chalk at BetOnline.
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Trump has wasted no time attacking Biden and his policies, as well as reignited old fuels with members of his own party. However, he faces other concerns that could potentially derail his bid for a second term in the White House. While Trump has shown no signs of slowing down physically, it is important to remember that he will be 78 years on Election Day in 2024. More pressing are potential legal concerns involving the company he founded, Trump Organization.
Legal Problems a Potential Concern
A long-time associate of Trump’s, and until recently the CFO of Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg was recently arrested and faces charges related to an alleged illegal payment scheme. That has raised concerns that Trump himself could be targeted in the investigation run jointly by the New York Attorney General and Manhattan District Attorney’s office, neither of which are particularly big fans of the former president.
— The Hill (@thehill) July 12, 2021
While Trump appears increasingly unlikely to face an indictment, with the odds of him not being indicted by December 31 at BetUS pegged at -120, a widespread scandal is unlikely to help his bid to return to office. However, it does open the door for the man considered his chief rival for the nomination at the moment, Florida Governor Rick DeSantis.
DeSantis’ Star on the Rise
Often praised by Trump for his handling of his state’s pandemic response, DeSantis has emerged as a lightning rod in the race towards 2024. The 42-year-old gained national attention with his largely successful reopening of the state, much to the chagrin of critics, who predicted disaster as Florida returned to business as usual. DeSantis’ heightened profile has vaulted him to the top of the Republican nominee odds at Bovada, where he sits alongside Trump as a +250 favorite.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has started offering branded merchandise featuring slogans like “Don’t Fauci My Florida,” in a reference to the COVID-19 restrictions endorsed by infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, The Washington Post reports. https://t.co/J1L8M96lG6
— Newsmax (@newsmax) July 14, 2021
Plenty can happen during the three years between now and the next Republican National Convention, likely to be held in the summer of 2024. DeSantis faces a hard re-election campaign next year if he is to maintain the Florida governor’s mansion, and the continued persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic could potentially derail any bid for the White House.
Ivanka, Tucker Among Long List of Contenders
Of course, DeSantis will now be the only candidate seeking claim the Republican nomination. A diverse list of potential candidates could potentially toss their respective hats into the ring between now and 2024. Among them are Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson.
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) July 10, 2021
A key member of Trump’s White House staff, Ivanka Trump currently sits just shy of the favorites as a +2000 bet to earn the nomination, while Carlson closely follows as a +2200 wager. However, the stiffest challenges are likely to come from contenders already holding office, most notably Governor of South Dakota Kristi Noem.
Don’t Sleep on Noem
Previously elected to the US House of Representatives on four occasions, Noem claimed the governorship by a narrow margin 2018, and has since gained notoriety for her hands-off approach to pandemic response. The Republican rising star further outraged opponents with her claims of fraud during the 2020 presidential election, and hinted at her White House aspirations during a recent speech at Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that also featured veiled criticism of DeSantis.
Kristi Noem Takes Shots at Ron DeSantis During CPAC Dallas Speech
— RedState (@RedState) July 11, 2021
Like DeSantis, Noem has a re-election fight ahead of her in 2022, but has already made gains on the odds to become Republican nominee at Bovada, where she is worth getting in on as a solid +1400 value bet.