The 2016 presidential election has been one of the most contentious in U.S. history. As it became more apparent that Trump and Clinton were going to be the candidates, sportsbooks began taking sides—and the lines began moving. But which side will win? Below, you’ll find a list of all the major bookmakers’ lines for the 2016 presidential election along with what sportsbooks are saying about each candidate.
Bookmaker Lines for the 2016 Presidential Election
Following Trump’s stunning victory in the Indiana primary, many bookmakers adjusted their lines. At the time of the writing of this article, the betting range was from -300 to -400 on the chances of Trump winning the general election. That’s an extremely volatile range considering the outcome of one primary (and a potential recount). If you’re looking to bet on the election, you might want to wait a bit before putting down a bet.
As it turned out, all of the early line moves were correct, as Trump went on to become the next president of the United States. Since then, the lines have continued fluctuating with each new development in the election cycle. Let’s take a look at the latest lines as of this writing.
Although she didn’t get the popular vote, Hillary Clinton won a large number of states and became the Democratic nominee. Oddsmakers immediately adjusted their lines in her favor. With all of the controversies surrounding her campaign, there was plenty of reason to do so.
Currently, the betting range on the 2016 election is from +300 to +400 on the odds of Clinton winning. That means you’ll need to stake $400 to $600 to win $100. Considering the fact that she’s already been so publicly scorned and discredited, that seems like a lot of money to risk. If you’re looking for a safe bet, you might want to avoid the 2016 election altogether.
Donald Trump may be the most controversial, unorthodox, and unpredictable presidential candidate in history. It’s no wonder why so many bookmakers have such extreme spreads on him. It’s not uncommon for Trump’s odds to change by the hour, so keep an eye on those numbers.
At the time of this writing, bettors who placed bets on Trump before his controversial comments about immigrants and Muslims were exposed were rewarded with +1800 odds, while those who backed Hillary were given -1200 odds. There were also rumors that some bookmakers were adjusting their lines in favor of Bernie Sanders, but those rumours were unfounded. Since then, Trump’s odds have fluctuated widely and it’s hard to find any reliable numbers. In the words of one sportsbook, “If you’re looking for a risky bet that might pay off, we’d recommend betting against Donald Trump.”
There are also a number of relatively unknown candidates running for president. One of the most obscure is Evan McMullin, who is running on a platform of stopping terrorism and restoring traditional values. Considering the fact that most people have never even heard of him, it’s amazing that his odds are anywhere near those of the top two candidates. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll just refer to this candidate as “the independent.”
As the election draws closer, more and more bookmakers are going to have to set their lines, knowing that whoever wins will have an extremely thin margin for victory. Even if the election is extremely close, bookmakers don’t like to get involved in a race this close. For those betting on the presidential election in 2016, it’s going to be one of the most interesting races in recent history.