LONDON — Gary Hart's return to the U.S. political trail has not impressed the British betting firm of William Hill, which has laid odds of 14-1 against his becoming the next American President.
In fact, said the British bookmakers, six and possibly seven other candidates--including evangelist Pat Robertson--have a better chance than the scandal-plagued former Colorado senator of succeeding Ronald Reagan in the White House.
In a year-end revision of odds, William Hill established Vice President George Bush as a clear favorite, at 13-8, to win the presidential election in November and keep the Republicans in power for at least four more years.
Second favorite is Senate GOP leader Bob Dole, at 2-1.
If New York Gov. Mario M. Cuomo runs, he would be a 3-1 choice to win, by far the best chance for the Democratic Party.