Oprah Winfrey’s odds to win the 2020 US election have been more than halved after she collected a lifetime achievment award at the Golden Globes.
The TV chat host, actor and entrepreneur had been 33/1 to become the next president of the United States but is now fifth favourite at 16/1 after delivering an emotional speech about sexual predators and racial injustice at the ceremony.
Winfrey was given a standing ovation after becoming the first black woman to be presented with the Cecil B DeMille award and then used her acceptance speech to tell young girls that “a new day is on the horizon” when nobody will be a victim of sexual violence.
She also paid tribute to the late Recy Taylor, raped by six white men in the 1940s, and civil rights activist Rosa Parks who investigated the case for which no-one was ever charged.
Winfrey has previously stated she will never run for public office, but she is now ahead of Michelle Obama (20/1) in the next US president betting.
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Current president Donald Trump is the overwhelming favourite at 12/5 for another four-year term, while Democrat Kamala Harris, the second African American woman to be elected to the US Senate, is next in line at 8/1.
Vice-president Mike Pence is the nearest Republican challenger to Trump at 10/1, but there are plenty of non-politicians in the running.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is 20/1 and Dwayne Johnson, better knows as ‘The Rock’, is 25/1.
Kanye West endorsed Trump’s campaign and still plans to run for the presidency in two years’ time. The rapper has never been shy of making a political statement and is 100/1 to land the top job.
Ronald Reagan became the first former actor to win the presidency in the 1980s and that profession is well represented in the US election betting by long-shots Leonardo di Caprio and George Clooney, who are both 150/1.
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