With the US Presidential elections a little over one month away, Democrat Barack Obama has opened up a nine-point lead in the polls over his Republican opponent John McCain.
According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News national opinion poll of likely voters, Obama now leads McCain by 52 percent to 43 percent. This is in stark contrast to the standings two weeks ago when the race was essentially even with McCain at 49 percent and Obama at 47 percent. McCain has suffered following the pair’s first debate last week in Mississippi due to the current economic crisis in America under fellow Republican, President George Bush.
Online bookmaker Sportingbet.com now lists Obama as the 3/10 favourite to win the election on November 6 followed by BlueSq.com, PaddyPower.com, 888Sport.com and Ladbrokes.com at 4/11. Boylesports.com, SkyBet.com and BetFred.com list the Illinois Senator at odds of 2/5 while Coral.co.uk is giving slightly longer odds of 4/9. The longest odds seem to be with BetDaq.com at 17/35 and Betfair.com at 1/2.
The best online odds for a McCain victory can be found with Coral.co.uk at 13/8 followed by SkyBet.com, Boylesport.com and BetFred.com at 7/4. Sportingbet.com is offering the former Navy pilot at odds of 11/5 while BlueSq.com, PaddyPower.com, 888Sport.com, BetDaq.com and Ladbrokes.com have gone with 2/1.