Oddsmakers Continue to Favor Yang Despite 'Media Blackout'
Craig Cummings | 3 mins
Andrew Yang currently has better odds of winning in the 2020 U.S. presidential election than Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Beto O'Rourke.
Let that sink in.
The entrepreneur with little national notoriety, who joined the campaign despite the largest primary field in U.S. history, has shorter odds to win than once-favorite Harris and the more recognized Buttigieg and O'Rourke.
Here are the top candidates' 2020 odds for reference:
*Odds courtesy of 888Sport's UK-facing betting site and subject to change.
Sportsbook Slashes Yang's Odds
If you've been following along with our weekly rundown of 2020 election odds, you'd know just last week Yang's odds were at 33/1 and as long as 40/1 before that. That means Yang's odds were cut more than in half this week, one of the largest shifts among any candidate this cycle.
Major shifts like this typically mean one of two things: 1) someone or multiple people have placed a large bet on the candidate; 2) something happened that led the oddsmakers to view the candidate more favorably, like a dominant debate performance.
In Yang's case, it would seem the lead-up to the third debate is why the sportsbook shortened his odds this week. Yang has done well in town halls and media appearances the last few weeks and continues to climb in the polls despite what some are calling a "media blackout."
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Yang Speaks Out About'Media Blackout'
Despite polling above other prominent candidates, Yang continues to get left off info-graphics and out of mainstream media coverage.
At first it was Yang supporters, known as the "Yang Gang," who noticed their candidate missing from poll results despite polling higher than other candidates listed, but now the "mistakes" have caught the attention of Yang himself.
Yang went on a bit of a Twitter rant on Friday highlighting some of the most recent times he was omitted despite clear evidence he should been covered or listed.
He even mentioned a video compilation encompassing all the times mainstream media omitted Yang by "mistake."
Sometimes honest mistakes happen. But NBC and MSNBC seem to omit me on the regular. @scottsantens has a fun compilation. Here are a few examples. In each case I was polling at the same level or higher than the last person listed or I would have been next in line. pic.twitter.com/Wswj5rKfJh— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) September 6, 2019
Yang acknowledged that the media companies would apologize, remedy and explain it was an honest mistake, however other candidates don't seem to be forgotten like Yang.
The #YangMediaBlackout, as known on Twitter, comes after Yang originally complained his microphone was cut off during the first debate, which resulted in the shortest amount of time spent talking among all candidates involved.
No matter the cause, the "media blackout" certainly hasn't deterred oddsmakers and pollsters from continuing to favor the presidential hopeful.