) -- After a few days of polling, the results are in. And who did readers choose at the first small-cap solar to go in an industry shakeout?

Well, it certainly wasn't

Ascent Solar Technologies


, which brought in only 8.4% of the vote. Nor was it



, which clocked in with 12.7%.

Evergreen Solar


also avoided "winning" the pool that each of these companies would rather lose, hauling in about 24.4% of the vote.

No, after nearly 3,900 reader votes, it was a virtual dead heat with just over 27% of the vote each. But by late Friday,

DayStar Technologies


had just edged out

Hoku Scientific


... by a mere 12 votes.

DayStar, whose shares are trading below a dollar, is down nearly 31% since the year began and, it should be noted, almost 78% since a year ago.

-- Written by Sung Moss in New York

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