Election 2016: PredictIt Reports Clinton Odds Down After Comey Announcement

What a time to be an undecided voter with just over a week left until the election as all of the remaining candidates are either far from the ideal candidate you want to lead or don’t exactly possess the best knowledge about politics from the ideal candidate you’d want to lead. Imagine if this is your first election as a voter.

Things aren’t doing so well in either the Trump or Clinton camp, especially after Friday’s announcement by FBI director James Comey regarding an investigation into the latter’s email server. As PredictIt reported in an email to the Inquisitr earlier on Monday, the announcement is having an impact on voters, though that shouldn’t be too much of a surprise with how many people have flip-flopped in recent months.

The shocking part to many, though? The impact on the numbers may be stronger than you’d expect.

“Following the announcement by FBI Director James Comey that new evidence would be reviewed in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, odds of a Clinton victory are down 10 cents to 70 cents. Prices on the chance of Clinton facing federal charges hit a high of 30 cents, but are now at 17 cents. Trump is now leading in Arizona, at 65 cents, but prices went as high as 74 cents following the announcement. Trump is currently leading in Florida, but at 55 cents, it is still a toss-up on the PredictIt electoral map. Trump is up 9 cents since Friday in both Ohio and Iowa, at 65 and 64 cents, respectively. Clinton is down 9 cents since Friday in North Carolina, currently at 65 cents.”

Earlier Monday afternoon, Clinton tweeted from her personal Twitter account about the Comey announcement.

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Clinton has also been vocal in recent campaign stops about the decision by Comey to make the announcement at this point in the election season. During a recent rally in Daytona Beach, Florida, Clinton said the following via the New York Times.

“It’s pretty strange to put something like that out with such little information right before an election. In fact, it’s not just strange; it’s unprecedented and it is deeply troubling.”

Donna Brazile, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee and a close Clinton ally, also chimed in on the confusing release date for the latest information.

“This is like an 18-wheeler smacking into us, and it just becomes a huge distraction at the worst possible time. We don’t want it to knock us off our game. But on the second-to-last weekend of the race, we find ourselves having to tell voters, ‘Keep your focus; keep your eyes on the prize.'”

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What a time to be an undecided voter, indeed. If only this had all happened before the last debate.

For those unfamiliar with PredictIt, the website explains their mission goal as the following.

“PredictIt is an exciting new, real money site that tests your knowledge of political and financial events by letting you make and trade predictions on the future. Taking part in PredictIt is simple and easy. Pick an event you know something about and see what other traders believe is the likelihood it will happen. Do you think they have it right? Or do you think you have the knowledge to beat the wisdom of the crowd? The key to success at PredictIt is timing. Make your predictions when most people disagree with you and the price is low. When it turns out that your view may be right, the value of your predictions will rise. You’ll need to choose the best time to sell!”

Will Hillary still manage to win? Will Trump find a way to come back and learn to control how he speaks? Can Gary Johnson pull off an upset? Though early voting has started in several states, we are down to eight days until the official election.

Make sure to stay tuned to the Inquisitr for all election coverage both leading up to and after Election Day.

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