Voting in the first-round of TallyMadness ends at midnight!

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Voting in the first-round of TallyMadness — the online competition to determine Florida’s “best” lobbyist — ends at midnight tonight.

The winners of the 32 first-round match-ups will be first announced in Tuesday’s edition of Sunburn, my morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Second-round voting will begin at noon and last through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday.

More than 110,000 votes have been cast so far in TallyMadness, including more than 7,000 votes in the Tracey Mayernick vs. Scott Ross donnybrook.

Several match-up are still neck-and-neck, including #1 seed Brian Ballard’s face-off with #16 Marc Reichelderfer. Another #16 seed making a push is Donna Simmons, who is within a point of #1 seed Ron Book.

Other match-ups still razor close are: #3 seed Robert Coker vs. #14 seed Teye Reeves; #6 seed Steve Metz vs. # 11 seed Mike Hightower; #6 seed Fred Karlinsky vs. # 11 seed Gary Guzzo; and #7 seed Jim Magill vs. #10 Allison Carvajal.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.