Betting company Betfair has launched its US election swingometer in Washington as the countdown continues to the poll.
But the unveiling took place 7,000 km from the US capital – in the historic city of County Durham.
It is the ancestral home of the founder and first president of the US, George Washington, and attracts hundreds of American tourists every year to discover the history of their country.
Betfair’s political experts marked the launch by giving their views on the upcoming poll.
Paul Krishnamurty, professional political gambler and analyst, said: “We know that 2020 is already changing with 2016.
“Trump may have defied the odds of winning four years ago, but I don’t see that happening again this time.”
Sam Rosbottom, Betfair spokesperson, said: “There is already tremendous interest in who will be the next US president on Betfair Exchange, with more than £ 70 million wagered in the betting market.
Joe Biden is the current evens favorite, but nearly 60 percent of the money has gone into Donald Trump, who became a short favorite yesterday for the first time in three months. “
Ged Parker, head of the Washington Historical Society, said, “Our village has become more prominent as Americans have taken an interest in their history.
“Over the years we have had a number of famous American visitors, including President Carter in 1977.
“We also host and will continue to host US ambassadors every year, along with whoever wins in November.”