- The odds of TV host Tucker Carlson earning the GOP Presidential nomination and winning the White House in 2024 shortened significantly on Monday
- The popular Fox News host parted ways with the network earlier in the day
- Carlson is now +6000 to earn the Republican Presidential nod and +8000 in the 2023 presidential election odds
Let go by Fox News on Monday, could Tucker Carlson be exchanging his seat behind a news desk for one in the Oval Office?
As of today, oddsmakers are of the opinion that there’s a much better chance of his happening.
Prior to Monday’s departure from Fox, the right-wing TV icon was seen as having a +10500 chance of winning the GOP Presidential nomination for 2024 and a +14000 chance of winning in the 2024 Presidential election odds.
Today, those betting lines have shortened. Carlson is now +6000 to earn the nod in the Republican Presidential nomination odds and +8000 to win the general election in November of 2024.
2024 US Presidential Election Odds
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Fox Is Tuckered Out
Even though Fox was forced to reach an out-of-court settlement of $787.5 million last week with voting machine company Dominion, no one was forecasting Monday’s news that Carlson and the network would be parting company. He was, after all the #1 ratings bonanza for the network.
Multiple sources tell Mediaite Tucker Carlson’s departure from Fox News was not voluntary, “It was a firing”. Carlson was shocked by the news, “He was totally surprised. He had no idea”, and “was informed today”. pic.twitter.com/1UdiS43GqI
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) April 24, 2023
Even though on-air falsehoods presented by Carlson and Fox co-hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham about Dominion’s voting machines were at the basis of the lawsuit, during depositions it was revealed that Fox knowingly purported these lies to drive ratings. Since Carlson was still driving ratings for the network, it didn’t seem likely he’d be made a scapegoat.
Carlson an Unlikely GOP Nominee
Could Carlson be a serious Presidential candidate? On the one hand, there’s certainly disruption afoot in the Republican ranks. Donald Trump is already indicted in New York, and is expected to be facing charges going forward in further states, perhaps even federally.
The campaigns of Ron DeSantis, Mike Pence and Nikki Haley are all flagging. Each of them has seen their odds to be the GOP nominee lengthen. Is there an opening for a dark-horse candidate to make a serious run at the Republican nod?
Perhaps, but it’s unlikely that Carlson is going to be that guy. Even with his improving numbers, Carlson remains the co-18th betting choice for President. He’s the 11th pick in the Republican nomination odds.
Among those with shorter odds than him are a pro wrestler-turned actor (Dwayne Johnson, +5000) and even Hillary Clinton (+6500). Carlson is sharing his +8000 betting line with such past Presidential candidate also rans as Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard and Ted Cruz.
Will Tucker Board the Trump Train?
There’s hot speculation making the rounds at the moment that Carlson is in line to be Trump’s running mate for 2024. Considering the revelations during the Dominion discovery of how much Carlson can’t stand Trump, that might not seem plausible. Then again, he wouldn’t be the first Republican to swallow his pride and kiss Trump’s ring.
WOW – you won't believe what words have penetrated my ears.
I just had an intimate conversation with a top GOP confidant who told me, on the condition of anonymity, that Tucker Carlson is "deep" in talks to become President Trump's running mate.
This would be a brilliant…
— Nick Adams (Alpha Male) (@NickAdamsinUSA) April 24, 2023
The bottom line is that Carlson really doesn’t need to get into politics. He’ll certainly be offered another pundit gig by some organization, be it online or in podcast form. And he can make himself a fortune by going on a nationwide speaking tour and telling the right-wing echo chamber how he was canceled by the woke mob.
Heck, he can even lead that attack on Canada he’s been preaching to his followers in recent months. But run for the White House? No, Carlson won’t want any part of that. It’s way too much work.