Tulsi Gabbard has overtaken former Vice President Mike Pence as third favorite to win the Republican nomination for the 2024 election after leaving the Democratic Party, bookmakers have said.
Gabbard, a former congressman for Hawaii who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, announced she was leaving the party on Tuesday, branding it an “an elitist cabal of warmongers.”
Her comments prompted speculation that she would soon declare her intention to run for president as a Republican candidate, or even join Donald Trump as his running mate for his expected attempt to return to the White House.
According to bookmaker Betfair, Gabbard is now 10-1 to win the GOP nomination for 2024, pushing Pence into fourth place. Trump is still the overwhelming favorite at 11-8, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis second at 12-5.