On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, Virginia will hold its general election to select the next President of the United States. While most other states would also be filling US House and Senate seats and/or governorships at this time, VA is one of the few states that holds its state-centric elections in off years from the Presidential election. These were held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, and the 2020 Super Tuesday primaries took place on March 3, 2020.
For the general election in 2020, you can currently wager on a number of different things at various political betting sites. While these are all related to national developments at this time, you will probably see Virginia-specific odds posted in the run-up to the state Presidential election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
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Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
**Odds pulled from Bovada Sportsbook.
Virginia is the Mother of Presidents, but it’s also the mother of all swing states, and any election could go to either side, from the local to the state to the federal level. In 2016, despite having a slight GOP lead in the state House and Senate, Hillary Clinton won the VA primary easily with 49.73% of the vote compared to 44.41% for Donald Trump. Expect both party campaigns to stump hard in VA throughout the election season in 2020.
Due to Virginia’s “middle of the road” disposition, Joe Biden benefited from being the only real “establishment candidate” trending well per the 2020 Democrat odds, though Bernie Sanders was in the mix.
In 2016, Donald Trump won the VA GOP primary by a narrow margin, though he was poised to win it handily this time around. The 2020 GOP betting odds showed that Trump had no credible challengers, so the state party canceled its primary altogether.
Even though a number of states have legalized sports betting in the last couple of years, you still can’t wager on US elections at domestic venues. In order to bet on politics, you will have to use an offshore site that offers odds and lines on election-based action. Fortunately, several of the best sportsbooks in the world do exactly that, so putting a few bucks on your candidates of choice is quick and easy.