New feature: Political Odds — Will Rick Scott run for President in 2012

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We?e launching a new weekly feature on SaintPetersblog (in partnership with Bookmaker.com) called Political Odds. Each week, we?l put together a line on a diverse array of topics including politics, finance, sports, entertainment and trends surrounding the media. This week, we look at the likelihood that Rick Scott will run for President in 2012.

While this bettor, err, writer does not think Scott will run for President in 2012, the St. Petersburg Times’ Adam Smith seems convinced this is a distinct possibility.

“…let? say the field of Republican candidates still looks muddled and uninspiring come November. Let? say no one has managed to persuade Jeb Bush or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to get in the race. Let? say fed-up tea party activists still dominate the GOP primary electorate and show no enthusiasm for the ?lectable?Mitt Romneys, Tim Pawlentys and Jon Huntsmans of the world.

Enter Rick Scott, fresh off a year of slashing spending and regulation in Florida, and of infuriating moderate Republicans, independents, Democrats and newspaper editorial writers. By then a proven, uncompromising anti-government crusader, he may be the best sell among Republican primary voters in these turbulent times.”

With that in mind, Tony Harvey and his team of experienced oddsmakers atBookmaker.com, one of the leading sportsbooks, have calculated the odds onwhether Governor Rick Scott will run for president in 2012.

Will Florida Governor Rick Scott Run for President?

Yes He Will Run +250 (28.60%)

No He Won? Run -1000 (90.90%)

The +/- indicates the return on the wager. The percentage is the likelihood that response will occur. For example: Betting on the candidate least likely to win would earn the most amount of money, should that happen.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.