Betting firm Betfair has launched its US Election Swingometer in Washington as countdown to the poll continues.
But the unveiling took place 4,500 miles away from the American capital – in the historic County Durham town.
It is the ancestral home of the USA’s founding father and first President, George Washington, and attracts hundreds of American tourists every year to discover their nation’s history.
Betfair’s political experts marked the launch by offering their views on the upcoming poll.
Paul Krishnamurty, professional political gambler and analyst, said : “We know that 2020 is already shaping up to be different to 2016.
“Trump may have defied the odds to win four years ago, but I can’t see that happening again this time around.”
Sam Rosbottom, Betfair spokesperson, said : “Already there is huge interest in who will be the next US President on Betfair Exchange, with over £70 million wagered on the betting market.
Joe Biden is the current favourite at evens, however almost 60 per cent of the money has been bet on Donald Trump, who briefly went favourite 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 expressed interest in their history.
“Over the years, we have had a number of famous American visitors, including President Carter in 1977.
“We also play host to US ambassadors each year and will continue to do so, along with whoever wins in November.”