First round of TallyMadness ends Sunday

The first round is in its closing hours.

The first round of TallyMadness is in its closing hours.

The outcome of some matchups is starting to look clear, but there’s still more than a dozen where the outcome won’t be decided until the game clock hits triple zeros.

Currently, the tightest game in round one is 8-seed Chris Moya of Dean Mead vs. 9-seed Scott Ross of Capital City Consulting. Fewer than a dozen votes separated the pair on Saturday afternoon.

Similarly, No. 4 Fred Karlinsky of Greenberg Traurig is in a tough battle against Lori Killinger, a 13-seed out of Lewis Longman & Walker. This pairing has been one of the most explosive of the first round — every day has brought a lead change, and Saturday is no different.

Though Karlinsky is currently in the lead, there’s no telling who will be on top come Sunday at midnight. Just like some of the better moments in March Madness, this one could come down to who gets the final possession.

Overall, it looks like the underdogs are in great shape. The lower seeded lobbyists leads in 11 of the 32 first round matchups.

Here’s the full breakdown of where the matches stand:

— (1) Nick Iarossi of Capital City Consulting leads (16) James McFaddin of Southern Strategy Group

— (1) Bill Rubin of Rubin Turnbull & Associates leads (16) Brady Benford of Ballard Partners

— (1) Matt Bryan of Smith Bryan & Myers leads (16) Claudia Davant of Adams St. Advocates

— (16) Alli Liby-Schoonover of Adams St. Advocates leads (1) Dean Cannon of GrayRobinson

— (15) Ashley Kalifeh of Capital City Consulting leads (2) Jeff Hartley of Smith Bryan & Myers

— (2) Travis Blanton of Johnson & Blanton leads (15) Jennifer Green of Liberty Partners of Tallahassee

— (2) Chris Dudley of Southern Strategy Group leads (15) Josh Aubuchon of Holland & Knight

— (2) David Ramba of Ramba Consulting Group leads (15) Stephanie Smith

— (14) Scott Dick of SKD Consulting Group leads (3) Chris Dudley of Southern Strategy Group

— (3) Ron LaFace of Capital City Consulting leads (14) Seth McKeel of Southern Strategy Group

— (3) Mark Delegal of Holland & Knight leads (14) Cameron Yarborough of Ramba Consulting Group

(3) Tracy Mayernick of The Mayernick Group leads (14) Yolanda Cash Jackson of Becker & Poliakoff

— (13) Marc Reichelderfer of Landmarc Strategies leads (4) Mike Corcoran of Corcoran & Johnston

— (13) Lori Killinger of Lewis Longman & Walker leads (4) Fred Karlinsky of Greenberg Traurig

(4) Heather Turnbull of Rubin Turnbull & Associates leads (13) Marty Fiorentino of The Fiorentino Group

— (4) Jim Daughton of Metz Husband & Daughton leads (13) Jonathan Kilman of Converge Government Affairs

— (5) Slater Bayliss of The Advocacy Group leads (12) Rich Hefley of Heffley & Associates

— (5) Katie Webb of Colodny Fass leads (12) Chris Dorworth of Ballard Partners

— (5) Frank Mayernick of The Mayernick Group leads (12) Frank Walker

— (12) Will McKinley of PooleMcKinley leads (5) Jeff Johnston of Corcoran & Johnston

— (11) Jon Costello of Rutledge Ecenia leads (6) Gary Guzzo of Floridian Partners

— (6) Rhett O’Doski of McGuireWoods Consulting leads (11) Chris Schoonover of Capital City Consulting

— (11) Tim Meenan of Meenan PA leads (6) Jeff Porter

— (6) Teye Reeves of Smith Bryan & Myers leads (11) Adam Babington

— (7) Brewster Bevis leads (10) Chris Flack

— (7) Brewster Bevis leads (10) Chris Flack

— (10) Darrick McGhee of Johnson & Blanton leads (7) David Browning of Southern Strategy Group

— (7) Gus Corbella of Greenberg Traurig leads (10) Alan Suskey of Suskey Consulting

— (9) Steve Shiver of The Advocacy Group leads (8) Andy Palmer of Metz Husband & Daughton

— (8) Hayden Dempsey of Greenberg Traurig leads (9) Carol Bracy of Ballard Partners

— (8) Chris Moya of Dean Mead leads (9) Scott Ross of Capital City Consulting

— (9) Jason Unger of GrayRobinson leads (8) Sean Pittman of Pittman Law Group

If your bracket is in trouble, you can sneak out two more votes before round one wraps if you act quick — one for Saturday and one for Sunday. With so many clashes being so close, a single vote could very well be the difference maker.

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Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.

One comment

  • Paula

    March 30, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Huh, making a game out of who is the best at buying favor with the legislators? You should be ashamed. This isn’t a game – this is residents’ home investments and happiness you’re talking about.

    I know Lori Killinger is doing well – she was on a panel with Rep. James Grant at the Vacation Rental Managers Association meeting last year in Orlando.

    Grant seems to be firmly in the short-term rental companies’ pockets. You can tell by the bills he is proposing this legislative season.

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