While most news outlets reference the latest polls to gauge the upcoming presidential election, there are other ways to make sense out of understanding who will come out on top on Nov. 8. According to offshore betting odds, one candidate stands well above the rest with almost two months remaining until election day.
British betting website SkyBet lists the top four candidates for the presidential election and has Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as the heavy favorite. Clinton has 2/5 betting odds to win, while her top competition, Republican nominee Donald Trump, has 7/4 odds.
The chances of an electoral-college landslide are also high for Clinton. The best odds (3/1) are that Clinton wins by 330-369 electoral votes, while there are 8/1 odds that Clinton wins by 420 or more.
It isn't just SkyBet that has Clinton up by a large margin. Twenty-seven other betting sites have Clinton winning the election by highly favorable odds.
The current odds are striking similar to the ones on Sept. 7, 2012. Ladbrokes, another British betting site, had given 2/5 odds for then-incumbent nominee Barack Obama's victory, while Republican nominee Mitt Romney had 15/8 odds. Obama defeated Romney by an electoral landslide, 332-206. Obama received 51.1 percent of the vote, compared to Romney's 47.2 percent.
The current betting odds point to a more one-sided contest than recent national polls. In a four-way contest, Clinton is up by just two points in both a GWU/Battleground poll and an Economist/YouGov poll. Last week, a CNN/ORC poll had Trump leading by two points.
Clinton has leads in key battleground states. Polls in New Hampshire, Virginia, Nevada, North Carolina and Florida had Clinton holding at least a small advantage. Those five states have an electoral-vote total of 67.
The betting odds are not favorable to the third-party candidates. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is a 150-to-1 longshot, while Green Party nominee Jill Stein is an even bigger longshot at 400-1. Johnson came in at 11 percent in the GWU/Battleground poll, while Stein polled at three percent.