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Hillary Clinton cruises to Fix Sweet 2016 bracket competition victory

In the end, Hillary Clinton was never seriously challenged.

The former first lady, senator, secretary of state and presidential candidate dominated the Fix's Sweet 2016 bracket competition from beginning to end -- a tour de force reminiscent of the University of Nevada Las Vegas's march to the NCAA championship way back in 1990.

Clinton humbled Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in the finals with nearly 80 percent of the more than 3,700 votes cast. Rubio did hold Clinton under 90 percent -- the only person in her five matchups in the bracket competition to do so, a victory of sorts.

Yes, the Sweet 2016 bracket competition was meant to be a fun distraction -- particularly if your team (like the Fix's Georgetown) bowed out of the NCAA Tournament in its early stages. But Clinton's dominance is also indicative of how strong a frontrunner she would be in the 2016 race as if she decided to run.

Now, that doesn't mean she would end the contest that way -- remember 2008 -- but it's clear from our voting that in the minds of a large majority of people Clinton is the woman to beat.

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.

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