What do the bookies say?
Unlike opinion polls, which officially ended last Friday, online betting on local elections was still being offered throughout Sunday.
For the municipality of Athens, the odds from Goalbet for current major and incumbent Giorgos Kaminis stood at 1.25, with Aris Spiliotopoulos and Ilias Kasidiaris in second place with equal odds of 4.50. SYRIZA candidate Gavriil Sakelaridis was clearly in fourth position with odds at 7.50. The odds for Ilias Kasidiaris had substantially narrowed from 13 a week ago to 4.50 on May 18. In contrast, Sakelaridis’ odds widened from 4.20 on May 10 to 7.50 on Sunday. Aris Spiliotopoulos remained in the second position with odds increasing to 4.50 on Sunday from 3.15 a week ago. The final outcome showed Kaminis leading by just one percentage point over Sakelaridis. This means that the voting results were substantially different to those indicated by betting odds, particularly regarding the SYRIZA candidate. In Thessaloniki, the odds were clearly in favour of Yiannis Boutaris. His odds stood at just 1.10, and at 5.25 for New Democracy candidate Stavros Kalafatis.
The outcome of the first round showed Boutaris leading, but not with the margin indicated by bookmakers.