US PRESIDENTIAL BETTING: The Democratic National Convention was great for Hillary Clinton

Political pundits often talk about the “convention bump” that Presidential hopefuls get when they officially accept their party’s nomination. Bookmakers think Hilary Clinton had a great one if her new odds are anything to go by.

Most bookies give her odds of 4/9 to win the November Presidential election, shorter than the 1/2 odds she had last week before the Democratic National Convention (DNC) started.

Her Republican rival Donald Trump, meanwhile, saw the odds he had since his own convention bump lengthen slightly, from an average of 13/8 to 7/4.

A Morning Consult poll released on Sunday gave Clinton a 43% to 40% lead over Trump following the DNC , a 7-point flip from its last poll just after the Republican convention. Clinton made particular gains with independent voters and men, beating Trump by one point in the latter category.

Although the Democratic convention was last week, its fallout continues. Two high-profile Republicans have come out against Trump for his insinuation that Ghazala Khan — the mother of an American Muslim soldier killed on duty — was being quiet while her husband spoke at the DNC because she was not allowed to talk.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said to the ABC network that “there used to be some things that were sacred in American politics — that you don’t do — like criticising the parents of a fallen soldier even if they criticise you.”

Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire also criticised her party’s nominee, saying: “I am appalled that Donald Trump would disparage them and that he had the gall to compare his own sacrifices to those of a Gold Star family.”

Whether the controversy will have any impact on Trump’s chances remains to be seen, but bookmakers still have Clinton as the strong favourite for now:

  • Ladbrokes: Clinton 4/9 — Trump 7/4
  • William Hill: Clinton 4/9 — Trump 7/4
  • Betfair: Clinton 4/9 — Trump 7/4
  • Paddy Power: Clinton 4/9 — Trump 7/4
  • Sky Bet: Clinton 2/5 — Trump 7/4

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