Here is the Sweet 16 of TallyMadness

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The second round of TallyMadness — an online voting competition to determine Florida’s “best” lobbyist – provided just as many shocking upset as the exciting first round. Voting ended yesterday at midnight and now the Sweet 16 is set, offering eight ultra-competitive on the way to the TallyMadness Final Four.

In Quad 1, #16 seed Steve Madden continued his improbable run through the tournament with a dominating win over #8 seed Steve Metz. Madden’s next opponent is insurance lobbyist (and my colleague from our days in FSU’s student government) #5 seed Nick Iarossi. The other match-up in Quad 1 provides an interesting storyline as brothers Chris (# 2 seed) and Charlie (#6 seed) face-off.

Winning one of the absolute closest match-ups of the second round, #8 seed Jim Magill went giant-killing and knocked-off Ron Book and will square-off against #4 seed Ron LaFace. Holding close to form, powerhouses Jim Smith (# 3 seed) and Dave Rancourt (#2 seed) won their games.

Quad 3 was a different story as underdogs Will McKinley (#9 seed), Barney Bishop (#13 seed) and Gus Corbella (#7 seed) all beat higher-ranked opponents. Only #3 seed Fred Leonhardt played to chalk.

Quad 4, #15 seed Chris Flack and #14 seed Allison DeFoor remain two of the other major stories of the tournament, winning their second-round match-ups. The winner of their match-up will play the winner of a sure-to-be-competitive scrap between #8 seed Travis Blanton, who pulled off an upset against #1 seed Paul Bradshaw and #4 Marty Fiorentino.

Voting for the third-round of TallyMadness ends at midnight on Wednesday.

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.