Voting in the second round of TallyMadness ends tonight; here are five match-ups to watch

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Voting in the second round of TallyMadness — an online voting competition to determine the “best” lobbyist in Florida — ends tonight at midnight and here are five match-ups which are going down to the wire:

Quad 2 – #1 seed Ron Book vs. #8 seed Jim Magill: Wow, I did not see this upset brewing, but at last check Ron Book and Jim Magill are tied at 580 votes a piece! Jim is certainly one of the more popular guys in the Governor’s Club, but does he have the juice to knock off one of the biggest names in Florida lobbying?

Quad 3 – #1 seed Al Cardenas vs. #9 seed Will McKinley: Another #1 seed is in trouble as Cardenas is only up 52% to 48% over McKinley, who appears to bebenefitingfrom a lot of votes from his friends from Dutko World Wide.

Quad 3 – #5 seed Towson Fraser vs. #13 seed Barney Bishop: Don’t be surprised if “underdog” Bishop makes it to the Sweet 16. He’s down just seven votes to Fraser.

Quad 3 – #3 seed Fred Leonhardt vs. #6 seedKeyna Cory: Leonhardt was my choice to make the Final Four out of this section, but, right now, he’s behind 51% to 49% to Tallahassee favorite and last woman standing Keyna Cory.

Quad 4 – #10 seed Adam Babington vs. #15 seed Chris Flack: Only one of these upset specials can make it to next round and I don’t think we’ll know who until the last vote is counted. This is another match-up separated by just 2 percentage points.

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