Previewing the second round of TallyMadness

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We’re entering the 2nd Round of TallyMadness — the online voting competition to determine Florida’s “best” lobbyist — with a narrowed field of 32. 

About 10,000 votes were cast in the 1st Round, which eliminated some of the state’s best known and respected in the field. 

Three of the four No. 1 seeded lobbyists remain: Ron Book, Jon Johnson, and Nick Iarossi. 

Book will face off in the 2nd Round against No. 8 seed Jim Magill; Johnson will face No. 8 seed Jeff Hartley; and Iarossi will face No. 9 seed Jennifer Green. 

Three No. 2 seeds are also still standing. In this second round, No. 2 seed Chris Dudley takes on No. 10 seed Allison Carvajal; Bill Rubin takes on No. 10 seed Scott Ross; and Mark Delegal takes on No. 7 seed March Reichelderfer. 

Here’s one to watch: the 2nd Round matchup between No. 3 seed David Ramba and No. 6 seed Dean Cannon. Formidable, to say the least. 

And here’s the wheelhouse of what makes TallyMadness the true battle of peers: three No. 5 seeds, all experts in their own, will face three No. 4 seeds, each unquestionable forces in the process: Gus Corbella v. Paul Bradshaw; Claudia Davant v. Travis Blanton; and Rhett O’Doski v. Katie Webb. 

You will also have the chance to take sides in the contest between No. 6 seed Gary Guzzo and No. 14 seed Monica Rodriguez. Rodriguez took out No. 3 seed Marion Hammer in the 1st Round of voting. 

An even larger gap was closed by No. 16 seed Alan Suskey in the 1st Round, when he defeated No. 1 seed Brian Ballard. Suskey goes on to the 2nd Round facing No. 8 seed Slater Bayliss. 

Then, take a look at these match-ups, each between lower-seeded but by no means lesser esteemed lobbyists: No. 10 seed Amy Christian faces No. 15 seed Richard Reeves; No. 11 seed Sean Pittman will square off against No. 14 seed Missy Timmins; and No. 11 seed Adam Babington will be on the virtual court against No. 14 seed Ron Pierce. 

Those who emerge in these contests move on to the Sweet 16.  It is up to you to select who does so.

Second-round voting runs through Friday night.

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.