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.