Update – So by the time Paddy Power stopped taking bets, Nesbitt was the favourite, ahead of Kennedy, which at least points to confidence within the betting community (how many of them are UUP members?) of Nesbitt’s chances of success. Perhaps the background talk of Danny Kennedy pulling out of the race and backing Mike Nesbitt in exchange for keeping his ministry are not so far fetched …
As the evening wore on, the odds changed
- Thursday 15th…
- 18:45 – Kennedy 4/5; Nesbitt evens; McCallister 7/1
- 19:44 – Kennedy 11/10; Nesbitt 5/6; McCallister 4/1
- 21:02 – Kennedy 11/10; Nesbitt 8/11; McCallister 4/1
- Friday 16th…
- 10:00 – Kennedy 5/2; Nesbitt 4/9; McCallister 11/4
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Fancy a flutter on the next UUP leader? Paddy Power have issued their odds to see if the normally gambling-averse unionists (or canny non-unionists) can be tempted to throw some cash behind one of the three contenders.
Next UUP leader
1/2 Danny Kennedy
5/2 Mike Nesbitt
7/2 John McCallister
In a moment of fence-sitting, Paddy Power said “The odds would suggest that it’s Danny Kennedy’s to lose, however two weeks is an age in politics so I wouldn’t write off Nesbitt and McCallister just yet.”
PS: At some point Mick will introduce a strict limit on the maximum number of UUP posts in a day … just be thankful it’s a relatively short campaign!