Political Odds: 2020 Celeb Presidential Bids

Oprah embraces a fan
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Can you smell what the 2020 primaries are cooking? After toying with the idea for almost a year, it was recently announced that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is seriously considering a run for president in 2020.

And why the hell not?

The floodgates have been opened. If anything, The Rock is overqualified for the presidency. And he’s actually beating Trump in the polls. Then again, almost everyone is polling better than the current Commander in Chief.

 

 

We’ve seen a lot of celebrities testing the waters, but who will actually run? Here are the best bets.


Odds to run for president in 2020

Oprah Winfrey: 3/1

When David Rubenstein asked Oprah whether she would consider a run for the presidency, the audience applauded and cheered. Oprah responded with a blatant allusion to Trump: “I thought, ‘I don’t have the experience. I don’t know enough.’ And now I am thinking, ‘Oh.’”

She didn’t rule anything out, and she didn’t rule anything in. A perfect non-answer. She almost sounds like a … politician!

Her poll numbers are good, she’s rich, and she has incredible name-recognition. That’s pretty much all you need now, right?

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: 4/1

The Rock may appear pretty apolitical, but he spoke at the 2000 Republican convention and appeared at the Democratic National Convention as well. Every movie Johnson touches turns to box-office gold, and that popularity is translating to the political sphere, it seems: he is polling at strangely high numbers right now. If those numbers persist, I have no doubt he’ll start seriously exploring his options.

Get ready for the best attack ads ever.

Kanye West: 9/1

Back in 2015, Kanye West stated that he would be running for president in 2020, using the most hallowed pulpit of all to make the announcement: the MTV Video Music Awards?

But don’t get too worried that we’re entering the age of GOOD America. Kanye has since endorsed Donald Trump and, unlike Dwayne Johnson and Oprah, is an extremely polarizing figure. Everything about him, except his music, is actually severely unpopular with the general public.

Mark Cuban: 9/1

Cuban mocked Donald Trump tirelessly throughout the 2016 campaign, presenting himself as the anti-Trump billionaire. Now, he’s going around discussing policy issues in interviews. He’s clearly positioning himself for a 2020 run, but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of excitement for the Mavericks owner.

Ted Nugent: 30/1

If you like Donald Trump, chances are you like Ted Nugent. The Nuge was a constant fixture at Trump’s campaign rallies, where he would ramble about hunting and guns in between songs. If Trump is impeached, his base will look for someone to carry on his legacy. Who better than Ted Nugent?