Online betting site William Hill is offering 10/1 odds that Donald Trump will not be the official Republican presidential nominee on the ballot in November, which is equivalent to a nine percent chance that Trump drops out of the race — something media reports have suggested as a real possibility.
“Persistent rumors are circulating that Trump will pull out of the race, but we think that is very unlikely,” Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe said.
So unlikely, in fact, the bookmaker is placing 1/33 odds, or 97 percent chance, that Trump will stay in the running.
The site currently lists Hillary Clinton as a 4/11 favorite to win the election, which is equivalent to a 73 percent chance. However, more gamblers are putting their money on Trump, with 53 percent of bets for the GOP nominee compared to 38 percent for the Democratic nominee.
According to ABC News, GOP leaders have been considering the possibility that the real estate mogul might drop out of the election in the wake of his erratic behavior and a series of controversies in the weeks since accepting the nomination.
Last week, Trump attacked the parents of a Muslim-American soldier killed during the Iraq War who criticized the nominee during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia for his proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S. Shortly after, nude photos of his wife Melania leaked online and he was even mocked for kicking a crying baby out of a recent event.
Trump has given no indication that he intends to take himself out of the running, and there is no way for the party to forcibly remove him. But the candidate has recently voiced skepticism concerning the fairness of the upcoming election.
“I’m afraid the election’s going to be rigged. I have to be honest,” Trump said at a rally in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday.