First-round voting in TallyMadness ends tonight — cast your ballots now

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There are just over six hours left in first-round voting in TallyMadness — the online voting competition to determine Florida’s “best” lobbyist.

Many of the match-ups are coming down to the wire, including two ‘David vs. Goliath’ struggles between #1 and #16 seeds. 

Among the match-ups still in doubt, #1 Brian Ballard vs. #16 Alan Suskey and #1 Jon Johnson vs. #16 Keyna Cory. Ballard and Johnson may have client lists longer than a summer’s day, but Suskey and Cory are well-liked among their colleagues on Adams Street.

A #2 seed in trouble is Charlie Dudley of Floridian Partners, who is facing off against #15 seed Richard Reeves of Capitol Insight. Even though Dudley keeps inking new clients for his firm, Reeves is as popular as a prom king among the Governors Club crowd.

Meanwhile, #8 seed Slater Bayliss is only a few votes ahead of #9 seed Fred Leonhardt, while last year’s co-champs — Ron LaFace, Rhett O’Doski, and Monica Rodriguez — are each faring well in their match-ups, although the other co-champ, Frank Mayernick, looks like he’s in trouble.

Results from the first-round will be available in Tuesday’s edition of Sunburn. 

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.