Biden VP Pick Odds: Michigan Gov. Whitmer Jumps Up List
There’s a new Democratic Vice President betting contender. Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer is now listed at +800 at Ladbrokes' UK-facing betting site to become Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden's choice on the ticket. She’s a recent addition to the list of contenders become Biden’s running mate as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the globe.
President Donald Trump said last week he had a "big problem" with Whitmer, whom he later referred to as "the woman in Michigan," as Whitmer pushed hard for more medical supplies and assistance from the federal government. She continued to press Trump after he engaged with Whitmer, who also delivered the Democrats’ response to Trump’s State of the Union Address in February.
2020 Democratic Vice Presidential Betting Odds
|Catherine Cortez Masto||+800|
Trump’s choice of words and Whitmer’s strong response placed her directly in the national spotlight. Now she’s generating buzz as a potential Vice President pick. It’s not the first time her name has been mentioned, but her response to Trump’s attacks and the escalating coronavirus crisis have her near the top of the oddsmakers’ list.
Hi, my name is Gretchen Whitmer, and that governor is me 👋— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) March 27, 2020
I've asked repeatedly and respectfully for help. We need it. No more political attacks, just PPEs, ventilators, N95 masks, test kits. You said you stand with Michigan — prove it. https://t.co/FtWlTLZdqW
Biden said he’ll definitely pick a woman as his running mate and just confirmed he’s seriously considering Whitmer. U.S. Senator and former Democratic candidate Kamala Harris remains the favorite, listed at +200. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, another former Presidential candidate, is up to +300.
A Closer Look At The Other Contenders
Harris endorsed Biden roughly three months after ending her own campaign. A former prosecutor and California senator since 2017, Harris waited until Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the race before throwing her support to Biden. Harris’ campaign largely exceeded expectations and gained strong momentum early before fizzling out in the polls. She is also considered more moderate.
Warren’s odds have since slipped from +500 to +1200 as she still hasn’t endorsed either Biden or fellow candidate Bernie Sanders. Her odds are cooling significantly despite the fact that Biden recently said he's endorsing Warren's bankruptcy policy.
Klobuchar, another former candidate, is also seriously in the discussion. She dropped out just before Super Tuesday in a move that gave Biden a tremendous boost. She and Pete Buttigieg exited at the same time and appeared alongside Biden to endorse him the Monday before Super Tuesday.
Klobuchar surpassed expectations even more than Harris. She was not a national name or recognizable anywhere outside of her home state. But she’s now +300 to earn the VP nod having aligned with Biden on many issues as one of the more moderate candidates in the field.
Stacey Abrams narrowly missed out in a 2018 bid for Georgia governor, during which time she received support from Biden. She’s currently +600 to earn the nod and rounds out the list of serious contenders, along with Nevada senator Catherine Cortez Masto (+800).
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