This past Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump delivered his State of Union speech to attendees at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

In the 65-minute speech, Trump appeared to use thinly-veiled rhetoric to improve his waning chances of winning the 2020 presidential election. In particular, he reiterated some of his most controversial policies and introduced some new suggestions that seemed designed to appeal to conservative and Christian voters.

Despite starting the speech with a promise of not promoting a Republican or Democratic agenda but rather an agenda “of the American people”, many Democrats have since criticized several aspects of his diatribe.

U.S Senator Cory Booker, who recently announced his intention to run in the 2020 election, said on Twitter:

“It takes more than a nod to unity at the top of a speech to bring our country together. Our president has spent the last 2 years trying to drive us apart.”

At one particularly memorable part of his speech, Trump criticized Democrats for damaging American prosperity with their “ridiculous partisan investigations” – a reference to the ongoing Special Council investigation headed by former Director of the FBI Robert Mueller.

So has Trump’s State of the Union speech increased or decreased his chances of winning the 2020 U.S. presidential election?

On U.S. betting market site PredictIt, Trump’s chances have increased by 1 percent, to 31 percent. Democratic hopeful and Trump’s strongest opposition, Kamala Harris, sits unchanged at 15 percent while former Vice President Joe Biden is down 1 percent to 13 percent.

However, despite Trump maintaining the highest odds of winning, PredictIt gives the Democratic party an overall 62 percent chance of winning over the Republicans 39 percent chance.

On U.S. site BetOnline, Trump’s chances have decreased to +250 while Mike Pence’s have improved to +600.

UK bookies remain largely unchanged, but new odds from SportPesa and 10Bet offer best odds of 21/10 on Trump winning Betway and William Hill offering 6/1 odds for Kamala Harris.

Published by Mark Hartley

Mark is a freelance journalist and copywriter focused on the travel and technology sector. With prior experience working in the London finance and IT industry, he has written for several publications including blockchain, gambling and fitness websites. Contact him at mark@bettingreporter.com

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