A leading British bookmaker has picked Texas Gov. Rick Perry over other top contenders for the Republican nomination in 2012, according to chron.com
, the Houston Chronicle’s website.
The London oddsmaker, William Hill, puts Perry — who entered the race Saturday — as a 6-4 favorite over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who had been figured to sew up the nomination by 15-8 odds before Perry jumped in. The bookmaker made Perry a 9-2 favorite over Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.
The prediction by the Hill firm that another Texan will do well in pursuit of the presidency shouldn’t come as a surprise to political junkies who follow bookie predictions as closely as they do the tracking polls.
British and Australian oddsmakers picked former Texas Gov. George W. Bush to win the presidency in 2000. They also picked him again to beat Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, in 2004, according to British and Australian newspapers at the time.
The William Hill firm predicted that Perry would win the nomination fight over other possibles as well, according the Chronicle’s blog “Texas on the Potomac.”
Perry was listed as a 9-2 favorite over former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and a 10-1 favorite over both former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has dropped out of the race.
“The Republican momentum seems to be with Mr. Perry, who has been attracting a significant number of wagers,’’ said William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe.
If Perry actually does survive the nomination fight, the bookmaker gave him 4-1 odds to win the general election over President Barak Obama
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