If the gubernatorial election was held on Tuesday and had been administered by the Detroit News, guess who would've won?

Well, U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra ... but, he's a Republican. On the Democrats' side, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero beat out all the other people who have so far expressed interest in a run for governor.

Bernero got 12.09 percent of vote (the News didn't publish how many people voted in the poll), just barely edging out the "Other" category (if "Other" is presumed to be a Democrat), which got 11.52 percent. But he blew Speaker of the House Andy Dillon (7.61 percent) and state Sen. Hansen Clark, D-Detroit, (7.83 percent) out of the water.

On the Republican side, Hoekstra got over 20 percent of votes; in second was Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, then Ann Arbor capitalist Rick Snyder, blah, blah ...

So, basically, Virg won the Detroit News' early-January Democratic primary (and there's still the late-January primary, which might get interesting 'cause the News is reporting that Denise Illitch recently met with Obama and some of his cohorts about a run for governor).

Virg's win might've bolstered by the Facebook entity "Only Virg Bernero for Lansing!" which counts 186 members, and sent out an email last night asking for everyone to go vote in the poll.

To see the poll results, click here.