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Romney betting favorite in Iowa

Some folks will bet on anything, including politics.

If you are one of them, and looking to lay down a bet on the Iowa caucuses, you might want to know that an Irish betting company, Paddy Power, has installed Mitt Romney as even money to win tonight.

Paddy Power also has:

Ron Paul and Rick Santorum at 2-to-1
Newt Gingrich at 20-to-1
Rick Perry at 33-to-1
Michele Bachmann at 50-to-1
John Huntsman at 100-to-1.

The company also has Romney as the 2-to-5 favorite to win the GOP nomination, but has Barack Obama as a 4-to-5 fave to win the November election.

Not that Spin Control is encouraging gambling on something like the caucuses. No. Gambling should be reserved for really important things, like college football games.

And no, we don't know a bookie that will take  your money. Odds are provided merely as a service to readers, just like the Sports section does for college and pro events.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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