Oddsmakers betting on Budd to be N.C.’s next U.S. senator

North Carolina U.S. Senate candidates Cheri Beasley, D, and Congressman Ted Budd, R, debate. Courtesy of Spectrum News 1.
  • Oddsmakers have Republican Rep. Ted Budd winning in a landslide victory over Democrat opponent Cheri Beasley.
  • They also predict Republican U.S. Senate candidates in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Ohio winning over their Democratic opponents.
  • They also predict Republican wins for governor in Georgia, Texas, Arizona, and Florida, but Democrats keeping a stronghold on New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

Oddsmakers favor Republican Rep. Ted Budd winning North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race over his Democratic opponent Cheri Beasley in a landslide in Tuesday’s General Election.

The website electionbettingodds.com has Budd winning 90.5% of the vote compared to Beasley at 9.5% as of Monday afternoon. That’s up from the 85% they predicted for Budd on Nov. 2.

Electionbettingodds.com, created by Maxim Lott and John Stossel, formerly of ABC and Fox News, averages odds from five betting websites, including three in the U.K., one in the Bahamas, and predictit.org, based in the U.S. Odds update every minute. Lott told Bill O’Reilly on his No Spin News show last week that regulators gave an exception to betting in the U.S. eight years ago, but they may end the exception in February.

Predictions show Republicans gaining control of the Senate by 66% and the House by 87%.

The website has the following predictions on other closely watched races: In the Senate – Republican Herschel Walker leads with 63% to incumbent Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock’s 37% in Georgia; In New Hampshire, Democrat incumbent Sen. Maggie Hassan is ahead with 60% compared to Republican challenger Don Bolduc, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces brigadier general, with 40%.

Republican J.D. Vance leads in Ohio with 88% vs. Democrat Rep. Tim Ryan at 12%; In Nevada, Republican Adam Laxalt, a former attorney general, has 65% compared to Democrat incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto at 35%.

Democrat incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly has 51% in Arizona’s Senate race, and his Republican challenger Blake Masters has 49%. Dr. Mehmet Oz leads 59% to Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s 41% in Pennsylvania.

Governors’ races to watch include Georgia’s incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp with 94% compared to Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams at 6%; Incumbent Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has a comfortable lead of 94% vs. Democrat Charlie Crist at 3%.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has 93% opposed to former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s 7%; In Arizona, Republican Kari Lake has 82% vs. Arizona Secretary of State Democrat Katie Hobbs at 18%.

Michigan incumbent Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is leading solidly with 77% to Republican challenger Tudor Dixon’s 23%; Pennsylvania’s Democrat Attorney General Josh Shapiro has 88% compared to Republican State Sen. Doug Mastriano with 12%. New York’s Democrat incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul has 77% over Republican Congressman. Lee Zeldin at 23%.

The website doesn’t mention races for the U.S. House.

So, how accurate is the website? It did predict that Joe Biden would become president in 2020, but it also expected Hillary Clinton would be president up until the day of the election in 2020 when they changed course and went for Donald Trump on Election Day. You can view their track record here.