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Taking Bets on a Palin Exit

By Joseph WeberGamblers who think Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be dropped from the vice-presidential line on the Republican ticket have a place to put their money on the line now. Intrade, the nine-year-old Dublin-based online prediction market where bettors can wager on anything from hurricanes to Emmy award candidates, has set up a market called ??arah Palin to be withdrawn as Republican VP nominee.?/p>

By late afternoon in Ireland, the market had attracted only a small number of bidders who snapped up about 319 "contracts." They gave the chance of her withdrawal at 10-12%. Bettors wager $10 bets.

Though just tapped, Palin is already taking hits for some of the baggage she'll bring to the job. The New York Times, for instance, has played up her 17-year-old daughter's pregnancy, her past support of a party that has backed secession for Alaska, and her husband's drunken-driving charge 22 years ago.

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