Ron DeSantis Favored More Than Ever Over Trump in 2024 President Odds

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis currently has a greater chance of winning the 2024 presidential election than at any other point in the past following the FBI raid on Donald Trump's home, according to betting-market data.

DeSantis, who is long believed to be the main frontrunner alongside Trump for the next GOP presidential nomination, is currently listed as having a 23.26 percent chance of winning the next election, with Trump second place at 20.41 percent, according to odds on the Smarkets betting exchange.

Smarkets has listed DeSantis as the current favorite to be the next U.S. president, also ahead of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, since the start of August.

However, Trump's chances of returning to the White House dropped by more than 1.3 percent after details surrounding the raid at his Mar-a-Lago resort emerged.

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Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis (R) has better odds of winning the 2024 presidential election than Donald Trump (L) after the FBI raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

The FBI conducted the raid as part of an ongoing investigation into Trump's potentially unlawful removal and destruction of White House records after he left office in January 2021.

DeSantis' current lead of nearly three percent is the highest it has been since Smarkets has been tracking the likelihood of victory for each main potential presidential candidate.

The governor previously overtook Trump as the favorite by two percent in the wake of the damning testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson during the House Select Committee's live January 6 hearings.

Hutchinson, a former top aide to ex-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, described to the panel how Trump was allegedly aware that some of his supporters were armed on January 6 but still ordered them to the Capitol and that the former president allegedly assaulted a Secret Service agent after grabbing the steering wheel of the presidential SUV in order to force his way to join his supporters at the riot.

"The overnight news from Florida saw the betting markets downgrade Donald Trump's chance of re-election in 2024, with Ron DeSantis now the favorite to take the White House," Matthew Shaddick, Smarkets head of political markets, said in a statement to Newsweek. "Trump's potential legal problems had always been factored into his price, but this development must increase the possibility that he won't even get to the 2024 start line."

Both Trump and DeSantis are both favored to beat Biden in the next election, with the current president only given a 12 percent chance of returning to the White House.

Trump said the raid at his Florida home was an "attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don't want me to run for President in 2024" who will "likewise do anything" to stop the GOP winning back control of Congress in the midterms.

"Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries. Sadly, America has now become one of those Countries, corrupt at a level not seen before," Trump said.

Newsweek has reached out to Trump for comment.