Politics - US By Graham Sharpe

Michelle Is Punters' Belle

MICHELLE OBAMA, who has just made her final tv apearance as First Lady, has been backed from 66/1 to 14/1 (7% chance) fourth favourite to win the 2020 Presidential Election - attracting 35% of all the bets William Hill have so far taken on the outcome, and 20% of all the money so far staked.

'It is early days and there are currently few indications that Mrs Obama will attempt to follow her husband in to the Oval Office' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe, 'But political punters have clearly convinced themseves it could happen, to the extent that over one third of all the individual bets and one fifth of all the money bet on the market have been for her. One William Hill client from Reading in Berkshire has already placed a £200 bet on Mrs Obama -and don't forget that Mr Trump was a 150/1 no-hoper at one stage.'

WILLIAM HILL....TO WIN 2020 ELECTION...6/4 Donald Trump; 8/1 Mike Pence; 10/1 Elizabeth Warren; 14/1 Michelle Obama. 16/1 Bill De Blasio. Others on request.

TO WIN DEMOCRAT NOMINATION.....13/2 Elizabeth Warren; 8/1 Cory Booker; 9/1 Michelle Obama.

PARTY TO WIN....8/11 Dems; Evens Rep

TRUMP TO RESIGN DURING FIRST TERM OF OFFICE?....5/1 Yes; 1/9 No.

Further information......Graham Sharpe. Media Relations Director......0780 3233702