DeSantis Rising: FL Guv Makes Mark On Vegas Betting Boards

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In 2018, Ron DeSantis won the Florida gubernatorial election by 0.4% over former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum.

But as close as that race was, the delta between the two politicians couldn’t be wider in 2021.

DeSantis has become a sort of Donald Trump Lite™ since the 2020 Presidential “election,” resisting coronavirus restrictions, barring CRT in the classroom, and generally giving the media hell anytime they ask him a loaded question or levy a baseless accusation.

He’s stood up to lies and slander the likes of which only Trump himself has experienced of late, and he’s trending right behind The Donald as the most popular Republican politician in America.

Meanwhile, Gillum was recently photographed lying naked and unconscious in a puddle of his own vomit, having overdosed on crystal meth in the company of a seedy hotel gigolo supplied by


Of course, the so-called coronavirus Delta variant – and the controversy surrounding FL’s mandate banning masks in public schools – could hurt DeSantis’ reelection chances.

Remember, COVID was used to “oust” a historically popular politician just under 10 months ago, and the same game plan – hyper-localized – could be rolled out again.

But according to bettors, that’s unlikely.

DeSantis is sitting pretty atop both the 2022 governor odds boards and the 2024 Presidential election odds boards, and though the bottom could fall out any time between now and then, he’s a major favorite today.

These are the current Vegas election odds for Ron DeSantis:

2022 Florida Governor Race Odds

Via MyBookie Sportsbook

2022 Florida Gubernatorial Election – Head-To-Head

  • Ron DeSantis -138
  • Charlie Crist +100

Charlie Crist was a Republican in the FL Senate from 1993 through 1999. From 2003 to 2007, Crist served under Gov. Jeb! Bush as the 35th Florida Attorney General, and in 2006, while still flying the GOP banner, Crist won the Florida gubernatorial election.

In 2010, Crist ran for the US Senate, but the party put its backing behind Marco Rubio, instead. In protest, Crist switched his political affiliation to “independent” and got trounced at the polls.

In 2012, with his political career all but over, Crist then became a Democrat. He was later elected to the US House of Representatives for Florida’s 13th district (2016).

While Crist is a credible challenger and has many fans in FL, he’s also a turncoat that can’t be trusted when the going gets tough.

He may give DeSantis a run for his money, but it will take several unforced errors on the part of the current governor to lose to a three-face like Charlie.

2022 Florida Gubernatorial Election – Head-To-Head

  • Ron DeSantis -400
  • Nikki Fried +350

Nikki Fried is the current Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and has served in the position since 2019.

But voters installed her by the narrowest of margins (she won by fewer than 7000 votes out of more than eight million cast), which means it’ll be tough to beat a rockstar like DeSantis without considerable assistance from DeSantis himself.

Fried is effectively cooked.  

2024 Presidential Election Odds

Via BetOnline Sportsbook

2024 Presidential Election – Republican Nominee

  • Donald Trump +200    
  • Ron DeSantis +475    
  • Nikki Haley +700
  • Tucker Carlson +1000 
  • Kristi Noem +1800    
  • Mike Pence +1800
  • Ivanka Trump +2000   
  • Mike Pompeo +2000    
  • Ted Cruz +2000 
  • Josh Hawley +2500    
  • + More

Only Trump is more popular than DeSantis. This has been the theme for most of 2021.

We’re putting $100 on the top two picks here.

2024 Presidential Election – Winner

  • Joe Biden +300 
  • Kamala Harris +400   
  • Donald Trump +500    
  • Ron DeSantis +900    
  • Pete Buttigieg +1250 
  • Nikki Haley +1600    
  • Mike Pence +2500
  • Amy Klobuchar +3300  
  • Kristi Noem +3300    
  • Ted Cruz +3300
  • + More    

Joe Biden’s the current “President,” while Kamala Harris is the current “Vice President.”

Since incumbents have strong reelection odds, it makes sense for both candidates to be perched atop the boards.

Meanwhile, Trump is the most recent “former” President and the most singularly popular politician in the world. He makes sense in the third spot.

But DeSantis rounds out the top four, and he’s the only “rising star” on the betting boards. As such, +900 might just be the highest payout you’re going to get on his Presidential election chances.  

2021 Joe Biden Presidential Mental Fitness Test Update

Will Joe Biden complete his first term as US President?

  • Yes -190 (-225)
  • No +145 (+160)

This shouldn’t have anything to do with Afghanistan, but it probably does. The payout on “No” is still mind-bogglingly high, though, so now’s as good a time as ever to go big.

Joe Biden Approval Rating On September 1, 2021

  • Over 47.5% -120 (Over 50% -120)
  • Under 47.5% -120 (Under 50% -120)

Two weeks ago, the benchmark on this line was 52.5%, and Biden was heavily favored to clear it (-135). Last week, the margin fell to 50% and the books set the odds at -120 on both sides.

But then Afghanistan happened.

A shift of five points in two weeks is incredible by any standard, and the ship is sinking. For now.

Take the over.

Year That Joe Biden Exits Office

  • 2025 -125 (-150)
  • Not Before 2026 +320 (+320)
  • 2022 +700 (+900)
  • 2023 +700 (+700)
  • 2021 +1050 (+1100)
  • 2024 +1300 (+1600)

The opportunities to hedge for a massive payout are dwindling. The job really might be too big for Biden’s Pampers.

Will Joe Biden leave office via impeachment?

  • No -1500 (-2500)
  • Yes +600 (+800)

Nope. But given the 1000-point swing on that option, if you held off this long, it’s finally time. The payout may not get any better than it is right now.

Bet the limit.