Mark Delegal, Ron Book, John Holley, & Robert Coker make it to Final Four of TallyMadness

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The quarterfinal round of the 2015 edition of TallyMadness — the online voting competition to determine Tallahassee’s “best lobbyist” — is in the books. Like every stage of this year’s tournament there were some surprises, as the playoff atmosphere and hard-nosed, physical play that defines TallyMadness competition continued to take hold. See below for results from an electrifying Elite Eight.

#3 seed Mark Delegal continued his assault on the TallyMadness “Submit Vote” button as he prevailed over a respectable challenge from the top-seeded Brian Ballard, who is felled in a narrow upset to the TallyMadness phenom from Holland & Knight.

#1 seed Ron Book moves on to become the only top seed to make it to the Final Four, defeating #7 Tim Meenan along the way in another matchup that remained close over the weekend. Book and Delegal will see each other in the Northern half of this year’s bracket in the semi-final round.

Past TallyMadness champion and #16 seed Monica Rodriguez‘s impressive run comes to an abrupt end this week, as #3 seed Robert Coker was able to stave off her usual barrage of votes. A job well done to both candidates in this barn-burning donnybrook.

And finally, John Holley carries the honor of being the lowest-seeded player still vying for this year’s championship, as the #11 seed bested #9 Brecht Heuchan this week in a back-and-forth electoral showdown between serious vote-getters at every stage of this year’s tourney. Holley and Coker will face off for a chance at the title starting tonight.

Voting to determine who will face off in the Championship Round of TallyMadness 2015 starts tonight and will go until Wednesday, April 15, at midnight. Vote early and vote often to put your favorite influencer over the top in their quest for TallyMadness glory!

Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to and before that, The Florida Squeeze, he covers the Legislature as a member of the Florida Capitol Press Corps and has worked as a staffer on several campaigns. He can be reached at [email protected]