Sweet Sixteen of TallyMadness set; here’s who’s still dancin’

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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 10:00 p.m. and now the Sweet 16 is set, offering eight ultra-competitive match-ups on the way to the TallyMadness Final Four.

In Bracket 1, #9 seed Frank Mayernick continued his improbable run through the tournament with a dominating win over #1 seed Nick Iarossi. Mayernick’s next opponent is a familiar face: his wife, Tracey Mayernick. The other match-up in Bracket 1 pits #3 seed Robert Coker vs. #10 seed Sean Pittman.

In Bracket 2, the clock struck midnight for Cinderella as Marc Reichelderfer lost to #8 seed Matt Bryan. Bryan will take on #12 seed Richard Coates, who came out of nowhere to beat one of the tournament favorites, #4 seed Katherine Webb. Holding close to form, powerhouses David Ramba (#3 seed) and Rhett O’Doski (#7 seed) won their match-ups. Kudos to #15 seed Keyna Cory for receiving more votes in her lost than almost all of the other winners; it’s just that she was up against a competitor who received the second-most votes of anyone in TallyMadness.

In Bracket 3, #8 seed Clark Smith knocked off #1 seed Charley Dudley, who some labeled the Gonzaga of this tournament as he finally earned a #1 seed but didn’t stick around long enough to enjoy it. #5 seed Mark Delegal outlasted fan-favorite #4 Claudia Davant. The other Sweet Sixteen match-up in Bracket 3 pits Will McKinley vs. the only remaining Cinderella story of TallyMadness, #15 seed Monica Rodriguez.

In Bracket 4, #9 seed Marion Hammer avenged her 2011 loss to Donna Simmons by garnering national support in her win. Hammer will face off against 2011 runner-up Gus Corbella. One of TallyMadness’ leading vote-getters, Ron LaFace, is in the Sweet Sixteen, as is #10 seed Allison Carvajal.

Voting for the third-round of TallyMadness ends at 10:00 p.m. on Monday.

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.