Rand Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky and candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, currently ranks behind the performance artist and perennial candidate Vermin Supreme and is tied with Jon Huntsman, the former governor of Utah and ambassador to China, in odds available from Betfair.
Paul and Huntsman are currently 999/1 at the London-headquartered bookmaker, compared with 500/1 for Supreme. A potential gambler who wagered £100 on a Paul victory would receive £99,900 plus the amount of his bet, while a similar stake on Supreme would net £50,000.
The best current odds at Betfair are for Hillary Clinton Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), and Donald Trump at 5/6, 5/1, and 9/2 respectively.
Supreme, who in a series of presidential campaigns launched since 2004 has promised to pass legislation that would make tooth brushing mandatory and give every American citizen a pony, is tied at 500/1 with Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D., N.Y.), among others. In addition to Paul, he outranks Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, and Gov. Scott Walker (R., Wis.), who formally exited the race for the Republican nomination last fall.
Paul slightly outranks the conceptual candidate Deez Nuts, whose current odds are 1000/1. He is also ahead of Secretary of State John Kerry, whose chances are given as 9999/1.
Paul—who has two percent in the Real Clear Politics average of national polls—recently announced his intention of boycotting an upcoming Fox Business Network debate, as he was to be relegated to an undercard round.