Republican Veep Odds for U.S. President

Four Favorites Emerge to Run Alongside Trump

Donald Trump may be on trial for multiple crimes. But he’s also the presumptive Republican Party candidate for President of the United States.

The 45th U.S. President will represent the GOP on the presidential ballot for the third straight term. For the second time in as many cycles, he’ll square off against Democrat Joe Biden, the current commander-in-chief, in the upcoming election in November.

Trump is set to become the first repeat, non-incumbent candidate since Richard Nixon had the GOP nominee in 1960 then won in 1968. He’s also trying to become the second non-repeat, two-term president in U.S. history, joining Grover Cleveland, who did so in 1884 and 1892.

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Yet, due to his falling out with Mike Pence stemming from the attempted government overthrow on Jan. 6, 2021, Trump is almost guaranteed to have a new vice-presidential candidate this time around.

Here’s a look at the current Republican Veep odds if you’re interested in political betting.

The Favorites

One surprising upstart favorite has emerged as Trump’s vice president: Doug Burgum, the governor of North Dakota, who has the shortest betting odds politics for a Republican VP at +300.

Burgum endorsed Trump earlier this month and is reportedly on the short list of VP candidates since Burgum announced he would not seek a third term as North Dakota governor. He has reportedly won favor from Trump, who said Burgum “would be very good at” vice president.

Aside from Burgum, J.D. Vance, a senator from Ohio, and Tim Scott, the senator from South Carolina, are also in the mid, going off at +400.

If chosen and if Trump won the U.S. Presidential Election, Vance would be the third-youngest VP in U.S. history at 40 years old behind only Nixon and John Breckinridge. Vance has been a fixture at Trump’s trial in New York, which has only bolstered his odds, since Trump values loyalty

Scott, a strong Christian conservative from South Carolina, would also buoy Trump’s candidacy, especially among the African-American community. Trump received just 12% of all votes from Black men and 5% from Black women in the 2020 election.

Behind Vance and Scott is Marco Rubio, the senator from Florida, whose political betting odds are +500. Rubio was famously ridiculed by Trump — who referred to him as “Little Marco” during the 2016 Republican primary — but has won favor with Trump since he’s from the battleground state.

Longshots

Aaron Rodgers was rumored as a vice presidential candidate for Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is running for president on the Libertarian Party ticket. But he isn’t the only potential VP candidate with football ties.

Tommy Tuberville, the senator from Alabama and former football coach at Auburn and Cincinnati, has the second-longest Republican Veep odds (+20000), but there’s still a chance.

Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s former campaign manager and senior counselor, has the longest VP odds (+50000). She has reportedly been advocating for Scott to win the VP nominee, which would hinder her chances at the office.

Trump also values his family, which is why his daughter Ivanka (+13000) and son Don Jr. (+13000) are also listed. Still, Ivanka has said she wouldn’t campaign for Trump, deciding to retreat from public life after his controversial presidential term, and Don Jr. has only been a surrogate for his dad at the moment.

Marjorie Taylor Greene, a radical rep from Georgia who recently attempted a hostile takeover for the Speaker of the House role, has +8000 odds, tied with disgraced former FOX News host Sean Hannity.

Other Interesting Options

Elise Stefanik has the sixth-shortest odds for VP and is the second-ranked woman on the list. Stefanik is the fourth-ranked House Republican, and like Trump, hails from New York.

Ben Carson, who ran for president on the Republican ticket in 2016 and served under the Trump presidency as secretary of housing and urban development, sits directly behind Stefanik at +1200.

While Burgum’s star is riding, his gubernatorial neighbor to the south’s stock is struggling.

Kristi Noem, the governor of South Dakota, has been in the political news after a recent story aired about her shooting and killing her dog. Her odds have dipped to +5000 after she confirmed that she shot her dog in a recent autobiography.

A recent poll indicated that 66% of Americans disapprove of her killing her dog, though Trump has supported her through the incident.

Katie Britt (+1800), Tuberville’s fellow Alabama senator, Lee Zeldin (+2200), another former state rep from New York, and Kennedy (+2500) round out the top 10.

Nikki Haley, the last remaining challenger for the Republican ticket before Trump confirmed the nomination, follows Kennedy at +2800. Haley is the former South Carolina governor who served under Trump as ambassador to the United Nations.

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