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This paper provides credence to the minimax regret voting model as proposed by Ferejohn and Fiorina (1974) and refutes the Downsian expected utility model. Using as data the opinions of prospective Kenyan voters (obtained through a survey conducted two weeks before the 27 December 2007 elections), the authors suggest that ethnic voting patterns are to a large extent the outcome of voting on the basis of minimax regret.