Brian Ballard, Marc Reichelderfer going toe-to-toe in final hours of TallyMadness

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Watching the votes pour in for #1 seed Brian Ballard and #16 seed Marc Reichelderfer, I am reminded of the fight scene from Rocky IV

Forget technique.

Forget strategy. 

This is just a street fight.

It’s a question of who wants it most most.

At the beginning of the fight, Ballard, like Ivan Drago battered underdog Reichelderfer. But Reichelderfer refused to go down and punched his way ahead of Ballard over the weekend. But now, in the closing hours of TallyMadness, Ballard is counter-punching and leads Reichelderfer by three points with five hours left in first-round voting.

Does Reichelderfer have any punches left in him?

Read tomorrow’s Sunburn for the final result.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.