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Few picked the right GOP front-runner in our survey

We can’t predict who will win the Democratic or Republican presidential nominations, but we can tell you who won MinnPost’s political contest.

More than 150 readers responded to our survey, which asked who would win in the state caucuses and what percentages they would garner. Of the 168 entries submitted, only 16 favored Republican Mitt Romney, giving him 9.5 percent of the MinnPost vote. Romney, of course, was the upset of the evening in the actual caucuses, taking 41.49 percent of the vote statewide. Only one entry abstained from the Republican portion of MinnPost’s contest.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., handily won among our respondents, with 147 or 87.5 percent predicting he would win Minnesota.

On the Democratic side, our 168 respondents were closer to the mark. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., earned 21.4 percent; statewide, she received 32 percent. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois received 78.6 percent of the votes; statewide he got 66.71 percent.

Two of our entrants were pretty close to calling the caucus and will be awarded MinnPost T-shirts as winners of our contest: Bruce Todd Johnson of Minneapolis picked Obama at 61 percent and Earl S. Sanford of Naples, Fla., put Romney at 52 percent.

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