Is New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo a viable presidential candidate? Betting markets seem to think he is.
As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the United States, Cuomo is increasingly becoming a trusted, steady voice. He is, essentially, what many think Donald Trump is not.
Recently, Cuomo appeared on 2020 presidential election odds markets as a viable contender.
Andrew Cuomo 2020 presidential election odds
Cuomo is now priced around +2000 to +2200.
His rise in the spotlight — and subsequent appeal as a presidential candidate — mirrors a fellow New Yorker’s national ascension from 20 years ago.
Post 9/11, Rudy Giuliani became America’s mayor. His compassion and handling of the tragedy won him plaudits across the country.
Being in the media hub of the world, as well as ground zero for the pandemic in the US, Cuomo is garnering similar accolades.
Cuomo has never met an open mic he didn’t like. His daily press conferences and cable news interviews have positioned him as the go-to public voice on COVID-19 for the country. He’s outshined Trump. And he’s totally taken spotlight off of and away from Joe Biden among Democrats.
Current 2020 election odds
|Joe Biden (D)||-225||-225|
|Donald Trump (R)||+188||+150|
|Kamala Harris (D)||N/A||+10000|
|Mike Pence (R)||N/A||+20000|
But is Cuomo a viable Democratic presidential candidate?
It’s too late.
Too many delegates are spoken for, even as the primary process has grounded to a halt. The logistics of getting on ballots in the remaining primary states is a virtual impossibility.
But that doesn’t mean Cuomo can’t run. He’d just have to go the Ross Perot route as an independent.
However, surging in April is likely too late. The grassroots and digital campaigns that candidates must run in modern elections can’t simply pop up overnight.
Bottomline is: Cuomo at +2000, or any price, simply isn’t viable.
Cuomo as Veep?
What does make sense is Cuomo as Biden’s VP.
Not that Biden lacks bite, but the VP on the ticket is often tasked with being the bulldog. Trump’s handling of the coronavirus, and it’s impending economic fallout, leaves him very vulnerable. Cuomo’s bonafides as a voice of authority in managing the crisis make him a very attractive running mate.
The Democrats haven’t done much right when it comes to Presidential politics the past five years. If they hope to boot Trump from the White House, Cuomo as the #2 on the ticket gives them their best chance.