Barbara Lagoa 'Heavy Favorite' Over Amy Coney Barrett To Be Trump's Supreme Court Pick, Bookmakers Say

Barbara Lagoa has been pegged as the "heavy favorite" to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Supreme Court.

The Judge's chance of getting the nomination stands at 67.1 percent, betting website Oddschecker told Newsweek.

The prediction comes as President Donald Trump revealed not only that his choice will likely be a woman but that Lagoa was a serious contender for the open Supreme Court seat.

"She's excellent, she's Hispanic, she's a terrific woman from everything I know. I don't know her. Florida, we love Florida. So she's got a lot of things, very smart," Trump told Fox News' morning program Fox & Friends earlier on Monday.

Lagoa has been a judge on the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals since last year, following a brief stint on the Florida State Supreme Court. The 52-year-old is a graduate of Columbia Law School.

"Barbara Lagoa has opened as the heavy favorite," an Oddschecker spokesman told Newsweek.

The British bookmaker placed Lagoa short at -204 and implied a 67.1 percent chance that she would get the nomination.

"That puts her ahead of her nearest rival Amy Coney Barrett, who with odds +160, a 38.5 percent implied probability, is thought to be the only other major competitor," the spokesman added.

Amul Thapar and Britt Grant are both at odds on +2900, a 3.3 percent probability, and are unlikely to be getting the nomination.

Leading contender

Lagoa has emerged as a leading contender over the past few days despite being lesser known than rival contender Judge Barrett.

Barrett is popular among groups opposed to abortion, is better known than Lagoa and has long been considered a front-runner for the next open Supreme Court seat.

However, Florida Republicans think conservative Lagoa could be a win for Trump heading into the November election.

Lagoa previously served as the first Cuban American woman on Florida's Supreme Court. Many believe the state is a must-win for Trump.

Both judges are Trump appointees. Lagoa, 52, was nominated to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2019. Barrett, 48, was nominated to the 7th Circuit in 2017.

If either are picked as Ginsburg's replacement, they would become the youngest Justice currently on the Supreme Court.

Although it is unclear when Ginsburg will be replaced, the fight to replace her is guaranteed to be bitter.

The impending contentious political battle will galvanize both Democrats and Republicans, and have a huge impact on both the race for the White House and the fight for control of the Senate.

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Barbara Lagoa has been a judge on the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals since 2019. Joe Raedle/Getty