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 February 2, 2024

Michelle Obama polling ahead of other presidential candidates

Former President Donald Trump is currently the front-runner in the latest presidential betting odds, surpassing 50 percent in an aggregate of four betting sites.

President Joe Biden trails at 37.5 percent, and Michelle Obama has entered the fray, securing third place with 4.8 percent.

The growing odds

Bookmakers now consider the former first lady a more viable long-shot candidate for the presidency compared to other figures such as Nikki Haley, Gavin Newsom, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. or Kamala Harris.

The compiled betting odds, sourced from Betfair, Smarkets, PredictIt, and Polymarket, also shed light on the top contenders for the GOP vice presidential selection.

New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik leads with odds at 22.7 percent, followed by South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem at 17.7 percent, Vivek Ramaswamy at 13.4 percent, and South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott at 12.5 percent.

Speculation grows

Amidst this, speculation is circulating about Michelle Obama potentially gearing up for a presidential run. Rumors suggest a strategic effort to persuade President Joe Biden, whose recent public appearances have raised concerns about his health and energy, to step down.

A recent column in the New York Post by Cindy Adams claims that former President Barack Obama has been discreetly engaging potential donors on behalf of his wife.

According to the rumored plan, Biden would announce in May that he won't seek re-election, citing health concerns. This would set the stage for Michelle Obama's nomination as the presidential candidate at the Democratic Convention in August.

Other reports have claimed that Michelle Obama had meetings with hedge fund CEOs as early as mid-2022, seeking financial support for her alleged candidacy.

Downplaying the idea

Despite Michelle Obama consistently downplaying any intention to enter politics, a recent podcast interview with Jay Shetty has added fuel to the speculation.

In a recent interview, she expressed fears about the upcoming election, emphasizing the profound impact leaders have on the nation. While Michelle Obama remains an immensely popular figure since her tenure as the First Lady, her potential entry into politics has become a topic of intense discussion and intrigue.

As the political landscape unfolds, the juxtaposition of betting odds and political maneuvering reveals the complex interplay between public perception, electoral strategies, and the dynamic nature of leadership in the United States.

The potential inclusion of Michelle Obama in the political arena adds an additional layer of anticipation and speculation to an already intriguing presidential landscape in the likely Biden-Trump rematch.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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