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Midterm Betting: Oz Tries to Reel in Black Voters, Walker's Confused Bull Ditches 3 Prego Heifers

Written by:
Jagajeet Chiba
Published on:
Oct/12/2022

These Midterm elections are getting stranger by the day it seems.  The odds haven't moooooved much in recent days.  Oh boy!

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On Tuesday, following reports that Georgia GOP Senate candidate and staunch pro-lifer Herschel Walker had asked a former girlfriend to get an abortion, he emerged flanked by fellow Republican Senators to tell a cringeworthy story of some bull that ditched three pregnant cows to conquest another grazing in a nearby field, only to discover that "heifer" was in fact a bull.

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton probably was wishing he were somewhere else as the camera panned in on him.  Florida Senator Rick Scott at least stood outside of camera range for much of the speech.

“And they’ve been saying, ‘Something is better somewhere else.’ And I’m here to tell you it’s not," Walker told the crowd during a campaign rally. "So, I been telling this little story about this bull out in the field with six cows, and three of them are pregnant. So, you know he got something goin’ on. But all he cared about is keep his nose against the fence, looking at three other cows that didn’t belong to him. Now all he had to do is eat grass. But no, no, no. He thought something was better somewhere else.

So, he decided, ‘I want to get over there.’ So one day, he measured that fence up, and he said, ‘I think I can jump this.’ So that day came where he got back. And as he got back and as he took off runnin’, he dove over that fence, and his belly got cut up under the bottom. But as he made it onto the other side, he shook it off and got so excited about it. And he ran to the top of that hill, but when he got up there, he realized they were bulls too.

So what I’m telling you don’t think something is better somewhere else. This is the greatest country in the world today.”

You'd be forgiven if you thought this was going to be a story about gender identity or maybe that Herschel was about to reveal he fathered another child.  Instead, this was a story about - you guessed it - the United States as a global leader.

Raphael Warnock (D) sits as the -250 favorite in this race.

Oz Changes Strategy

Mehmet Oz is gaining on his Democratic opponent John Fetterman in recent weeks.  Fetterman had maintained a double digit lead over Oz throughout much of the summer.

The GOP candidate has now shifted away from focusing on Fetterman's health (the Democrat suffered a stroke earlier in the summer) to the rise in crime that he and other Republicans attribute to the perceived notion that Democrats are soft on crime and want to defund the police.

He's also looking to woo away a portion of Black voters from the Democrats camp.

Charles Ellison, the executive producer and host of Reality Check, a daily public affairs program on Philadelphia’s prominent Black-themed WURD radio, told the Associated Press that Democrats have done little to undertake a long-term investment in Black voter outreach.

“There’s just not this realization that’s occurring that Pennsylvania is a national battleground and Philadelphia is the cornerstone in that,” Ellison said. “And the only way you’re going to get Philadelphia and the only way you’re going to get Pennsylvania is through maximum Black voter turnout.”

Oz is seeking to capitalize on this belief.

The former TV doctor-turned politician has held two public safety-themed town halls in Black communities, suggesting that Democrats have failed to protect them from violence and drugs.

Fetterman is still favored at -200 odds to beat Oz, the later of whom would pay out $15 for every $10 bet if he were to win.

- Jagajeet Chiba, Gambling911.com

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