TallyMadness 2014: Upsets galore in the first round!

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Votes are in for the 1st Round of TallyMadness — the online voting competition to determine Florida’s “best” lobbyist. And just like this year in college basketball, several upsets were delivered in the first round. 

Among the Davids who beat the Goliaths: No. 16 seed Alan Suskey beating out No. 1 seed Brian Ballard; No. 14 seed Missy Timmins overtaking No. 3 seed Michael Corcoran; and No. 14 seed Monica Rodriguez out-shooting No. 3 seed Marion Hammer 

Other lower-seeded victors in the 1st Round include No. 12 seed Mercer Fearington over No. 5 seed Hayden Dempsey; No. 15 seed Richard Reeves over No. 2 seed Charlie Dudley; No. 11 seed Adam Babington over No. 6 seed Tracy Mayernick; No. 11 seed Sean Pittman over No. 6 seed Matt Bryan; No. 10 seed Amy Christian over No. 7 seed Tim Meenan; and No. 10 seed Allison Carvajal over No. 7 seed Steve Metz. 

In full, expect to see the following top lobbyists move on to the 2nd Round: No. 1 seeds Nick Iarossi, Jon Johnson, and Ron Book; No. 2 seeds Mark Delegal, Bill Rubin, and Chris Dudley; No. 3 seed Dave Ramba; No. 4 seeds Paul Bradshaw, Travis Blanton, Katie Webb, and Ron Laface; No. 5 seeds Gus Corbella, Claudia Davant, and Rhett O’Doski; No. 6 seeds Gary Guzzo, and Dean Cannon; No. 7 seed Marc Reichelderfer; No. 8 seeds Jim Magill, Jeff Hartley, Jennifer Green, and Slayter Bayliss; No. 10 seeds Amy Christian, Allison Carvajal and Scott Ross; No. 11 seeds Adam Babington and Sean Pittman; No. 12 seed Mercer Fearington; No. 14 seeds Monica Rodriguez and Missy Timmins; No. 15 seed Richard Reeves; and No. 16 seed Alan Suskey.

Brackets are being updated now and second-round voting should start 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.