- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

If risking one’s own money is the best indicator, people believe Donald Trump will become the 45th U.S. president in January.

According to one of the world’s largest bookmakers, almost all recent bets coming in on the U.S. election have been on Mr. Trump.

“In the past 48 hours, 91% of bets on the US Election have been on Trump,” Paddy Power Politics posted on Twitter on Tuesday.

Making the shift more dramatic, the Irish gambling outlet noted that it had let people who had bet on Hillary Clinton collect their winnings, albeit at a discount.

“We’ve already paid out on Hillary. Uh-oh,” Paddy Power Politics cheekily noted.

About two weeks ago, when announcing the early-payout option, Paddy Power called Mrs. Clinton a “nailed-on certainty to occupy the Oval Office” and said Mr. Trump’s chances “now look as patchy as his tan.”

But the race has tightened considerably in recent days, according to most major polls, as news cycles have been dominated by the FBI re-opening its investigation of Mrs. Clinton for her handling of classified information on a private email server.

“We’re not reaching for the rosary beads just yet but if money talks, and it usually does, it’s telling us that Trump still has a puncher’s chance and he’ll be leaving us with some very expensive egg on our face if he does manage to pull it off,” spokesman Féilim Mac An Iomaire said in a statement, according to The Hill.

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