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Donald Trump Suffering in U.S. Election Odds Following Coronavirus as Joe Biden Pulls Level
United States president Donald Trump is suffering in the wake of his response to the coronavirus, leaving enough room for candidate Joe Biden to close the gap with the bookmakers.
Trump, 73, has been derided by many for his tepid reaction to the largest world pandemic in several generations. Amanda Walker of Sky News wrote on Wednesday that the Republican leader performed a U-turn in his stance on COVID-19 after the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. topped 205,000, almost double the amount of any other country in the world.
The president suggested in January and February that the coronavirus would “miraculously disappear” in the warmer summer months, though that now appears untrue as COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. top 4,000.
Democratic favorite Biden, 77, has been largely on the sidelines while the coronavirus debate has spiralled. Biden’s deputy communications director, Kate Bedingfield, said on Wednesday that the 47th vice president of the United States “has been extending his advice for months,” responding to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s suggestion that Biden should offer to help Trump at this time.
Betting on the presidential election is yet to be legalised in the United States, though William Hill offers odds to customers in the United Kingdom.
Trump leads by the narrowest of margins at -110 (1.91), and Biden is now inches away after his price was cut back to +125 (2.25).
New York governor Andrew Cuomo has received praise for his candid approach to the pandemic—in stark contrast to president Trump. The 62-year-old remains a distant dark horse at +1400 (15.00), though he’s moved into third and is now far ahead of Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, who has tumbled down to +3300 (34.00) with William Hill.
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Photo: President Donald Trump (right) and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin greet supporters as they arrive at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 21, 2019. Trump was in town to speak at an AMVETS convention and attend a fundraiser for Bevin’s re-election campaign. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)