Bookmakers are bidding odds on the Democrats winning a surprise landslide in next week’s midterm elections, with control of the Senate and House of Representatives up for grabs.
Republicans are hoping to take over both houses of Congress, allowing them to torpedo US President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda.
By comparison, Democrats are seeking to cause upheaval by focusing on abortion, following Roe’s toppling of Wade in June 2022, and election integrity following the January 6, 2021 attack on Capital Hill.
According to British bookmaker Betfair, there’s a good chance the Democrats won’t win a surprise Senate landslide of 55 or more seats.
The company offers 400-to-1 odds on Democrats securing at least 55 Senate seats, meaning you’ll win $400 for every $1 wagered if that happens.
Betfair also thinks the Republicans are unlikely to win a landslide, offering odds of 18-1 against the GOP securing at least 55 Senate seats.
Betfair spokeswoman Katie Baylis said Newsweek“The Republicans are the heavy favorites with Betfair 8-15 to secure a majority in the Senate.
“There are also rumors of a possible red wave for the party, and we are 18 to 1 that they will get over 55 seats in the Senate.”
Biden is due to address a rally in Miami Gardens, Florida later Tuesday, just a week before polls open.
The president hopes to build support for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist and Rep. Val Demings, who is defending a House seat.
CNN reports that one of Biden’s senior advisers told the network that the president plans to focus on the threat from Donald Trump-aligned MAGA Republicans.
The counselor reportedly said, “You can’t shake a stick [in Florida] without hitting a Republican who represents the MAGA extremes the President is talking about.
“So that allows the president to really get across what’s at stake and what the choice is.”
Trump is due to hold his own rally in Florida on Sunday, at the Miami-Dade County Fair, in support of GOP Sen. Marco Rubio. Governor Ron DeSantis, who has been suggested as the former president’s rival for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, is not expected to attend.
On Monday, a poll published by The New York Times showed the Democrats ahead of their Republican rivals in three crucial Senate races, and tied in a fourth.
He expects incumbent Democrats Mark Kelly and Raphael Warnock to take their seats in Arizona and Georgia, while John Fetterman will win his battle for a Pennsylvania Senate seat.
Nevada’s contest is neck and neck, with both incumbent Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto and Republican rival Adam Laxalt at 47%.
On Monday, Dr. Mehmet Oz, the Republican Senate candidate for Pennsylvania, was mocked online after he appeared to suggest that the Keystone state touches the Atlantic Ocean.
Speaking from Pennsylvania with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, the Trump ally said, “We don’t have a Republican senator north of North Carolina on the Atlantic coast until you get to Maine, if I don’t occupy this seat.”