Jonathan Jones

Boris has won already, says bookie

Boris has won already, says bookie
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We may still be 19 hours away from the polls opening — and more than 48 away from hearing the result — but bookmaker Paddy Power has already paid out £20,000 to punters who bet on Boris. It’s a publicity stunt by the company, but one that's unlikely to backfire, with the pollsters agreeing that Boris is set for re-election — the only question seems to be how much he’ll win by. YouGov show him 4 points ahead of Ken in the second round, ComRes have him up by 8, Survation 10 and Populus 12. Paddy Power says that 94 per cent of the bets they took on the race in the 24 hours before they paid out were for Boris. Similarly, Ladbrokes announced yesterday that 88 per cent of the cash bet had been for the current Mayor.