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Bridget Johnson


April 5, 2012 - 6:34 am

An Irish bookmaker is getting into the vice presidential guessing game with its odds for the mystery No. 2 on the ticket.

President Obama currently has 2/5 odds at Paddy Power to win re-election; Mitt Romney has 15/8 odds. Poor Newt Gingrich is down at 80/1 alongside two people who have never run in the contest: Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton.

Romney is now 1/50 to win the Republican nomination, with Rick Santorum at 20/1.

The vice presidential betting list includes 28 names, though others can be added to the site by request.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) currently has the best odds, at 11/4. He’s followed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 5/1, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) at 5/1, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell at 6/1, and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez at 9/1.

Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tie at 10/1 odds.

Former presidential hopeful Rick Perry and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin are near the bottom with 66/1 odds, just above Donald Trump’s 80/1 odds.

Herman Cain is at the bottom of the odds chart with 100/1 odds.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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