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Wednesday 23 January 2019

Norris is slipping in race for president -- bookies

THE controversy surrounding David Norris's sexual beliefs has severely dented his presidential chances, according to bookies.

The senator, below, was the long-time favourite but the odds on him winning have now drifted out to 4/1 from 5/4 just a few weeks ago.

It has been a volatile week in betting for the presidency with Gay Mitchell having surged from a rank outsider at 100/1 at the start of the week to 9/2 fourth favourite today.

Paddy Power's Ken Robertson suggests that "Gay Mitchell is the one to keep an eye on. His odds have only been going in one direction".

"We reduced his odds to 66/1 on Tuesday and had to cut it to 9/2 today."

Pat Cox became the bookies favourite almost as soon as he entered the race and is currently at 6/4, despite the fact that the Fine Gael candidate has yet to be named.

"It now looks set to be a head to head contest between Mitchell and Cox with Mary McGuinness sliding to third favourite win that contest."

Michael D. Higgins has remained a constant throughout at second favourite, occasionally going ahead of Norris and staying second when Cox entered the fray. Niall O'Dowd and Fergus Finlay could also be good outsiders.

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