2016 Presidential Election Odds: Democrats Favored To Maintain White House Control Over Republicans

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The 2012 presidential election just ended, but sportsbook bovada.lv already has odds on which party will win the White House in 2016.

The odds for 2016 from bovada.lv don’t list any speculative presidential nominees, but the sportsbook lists the Democratic Party as slight favorites to maintain control of the White House over the GOP four years from now.

According to the odds posted on bovada.lv, the Democrats have 10-to-13 odds of continuing their hold on the White House. The Republicans are closer to even money at 10-to-11 odds.

With the exhausting 2012 presidential campaign ending Tuesday, it’s too early for anyone to announce their candidacy for 2016. That hasn’t stopped pundits from speculating on who will enter the 2016 race for president.

On the Democratic side, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is sure to weigh a consideration to run. Vice President Joe Biden’s name is also being bandied about, as is New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

A few second-tier candidates and rising stars in the party mentioned by the Wall Street Journal include Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker.

On the Republican side, 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is among the names being mentioned for 2016, with the Wisconsin congressman being labeled the frontrunner in some political circles. Popular New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who declined to enter the fray in 2012, is also being floated as a potential 2016 contender, as is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Rising GOP star Marco Rubio, the junior U.S. senator from Florida, is another possible 2016 presidential candidate.

As the 2016 presidential race takes shape -- expect possible candidates to form exploratory committees in two years and travel to early primary states Iowa and New Hampshire to test their message -- the odds from bovada.lv are sure to change. 

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