Five weeks remain until USA votes, here's our weekly update of everything punters need to know.
Hillary Clinton finished the week in the polls as she began, leading Donald Trump by just over 3-points (44% to 41%) in the four-way race. The headlines were dominated by controversy surrounding Trump’s tax returns, the vice-presidential debate and demands by Clinton staff that deadlines for voter registration were extended in Florida ahead of Hurricane Matthew. WEEKLY WRAP Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns was again highlighted when the New York Times published a report showing his 1995 records, where he declared a $916 million loss that could have let him legally skip paying federal income tax for years. Although Trump backers have defended The Donald as being extremely smart, undecided voters might see it somewhat differently if the billionaire has indeed avoided the taxman for the past two decades. Trump has eased to 3.50 with Bet365 which could be decent value. James LeBron also endorsed Clinton as the real MVP for President, however the former Secretary of State didn’t have it all go her way. Clinton was recorded mocking younger voters for their demands on healthcare and college fees at private donor event. In the battle of the boring dads, republican, Mike Pence beat democrat, Tim Kaine in the first and only vice-presidential debate on Wednesday. Pence was praised for appearing calm and fairly dignified while Kaine tried, and failed, to play the attack dog. HIGHLIGHTS & LOWLIGHTS Former New York City mayor, Rudy Giuliani claimed Donald Trump was an "absolute genius" for paying no federal income tax. "When I look at this year’s presidential race, it’s clear which candidate believes the same thing," James LeBron said. "Only one person running truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty. And when I think about the kinds of policies and ideas the kids in my foundation need from our government, the choice is clear. That candidate is Hillary Clinton." Kaine scolding Pence during the vice-presidential debate “You are Donald Trump’s apprentice!” “You whipped out that Mexican thing again”, Pence responding in frustration after Kaine continued to criticize Trump’s past comments. WINNERS & LOSERS Winner – Jack Mitnick: Trump’s former accountant stated the billionaire had “virtually zero” involvement in preparing his tax returns and had no understanding of the US tax code. Loser – Monica Lewinsky: Trump has hinted at bringing up her infamous affair with former US president, Bill Clinton, which threatens to drag her back into the limelight. Winner – Clinton's nose: Got plenty of attention after a conspiracy theory claimed every time Clinton scratched her nose during the first debate, the moderator would allow her to speak. Loser – Bernie’s Bros: Sanders’ supporters will feel extremely let down after hacked emails revealed Clinton ridiculing their demands for affordable healthcare and education, saying “they are living in their parents’ basement.” Winner – Mike Pence: Say it quickly and his name sounds like “my pants”. Announced as winner of the vice-presidential debate on Twitter by the Republican Party hours before it even began. Loser – Internal Revenue Service or rather “the IRS”: Has likely missed out on millions in taxes due to Trump’s creative accounting. BIG BETS & EXOTICS The big money continues to roll in with punters happy to put their dollars on the line when it comes to the US election. Oddschecker has facilitated a number of large bets over the past few weeks, totaling $13,900 on Clinton and $5,000 on Trump. Make of that what you will! Those looking for an enterprising gamble should consider having a punt on an impeachment. Sportsbet is offering 17/1 odds for Donald Trump to win the presidency and resign due to impeachment in his first term. Written by Tim Alexander