Andrew Cuomo wins “Sweet 2016” bracket competition!

at 10:16 AM ET, 04/02/2012

Sixteen candidates entered, one candidate left.


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, seated, and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, laugh after the governor signed a budget bill during a news conference at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Friday, March 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
That one candidate was New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) who bested Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) in the finals of our “Sweet 2016” competition — aimed at finding the crowd favorite in what could be an open seat race for the nation’s top office in four years time.

After a very tight first few days of voting, Cuomo pulled away from Rubio to claim a convincing 59 percent to 41 percent victory.

On his way to the top spot, Cuomo defeated Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer in the round of 16, took care of Virginia Sen. Mark Warner in the Elite Eight and then beat Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Final Four.

So will Cuomo actually run in 2016? He and his political inner circle are mum about the possibility. But, his famous last name — his father, Mario, was the governor of New York — coupled with his fundraising ability and his championing of a same-sex marriage law in the Empire State mean thatCuomo has the political resume to make a run.

And his victory in the Fix “Sweet 2016” poll suggests that the political junkie class sees him as a heavyweight in the next, next presidential race.

Thanks to all 16 candidates for participating. In a way, you are all winners. In a more accurate way, Andrew Cuomo is the winner.

 
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