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.