But, there were a few upsets and, like the NCAA tourney, the #5 vs #12 matchup produced one of them. Newark Mayor Cory Booker (a 12 seed) upset Massachusetts Gov. DeVal Patrick (a 5) by a narrow 53 percent to 47 percent margin. South Dakota Sen. John Thune (a 10) defeated Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (a 7). Both # 9 seeds -- Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman -- pulled off minor upsets as well. (There was considerable criticism of the committee -- i.e. us -- for seeding Warren too low. Noted.)
The round of 16 matchups are an embarrassment of riches for political junkies. At the top of our list is a showdown between two of the most high-profile Democratic women in politics: Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren. On the Republican side the battle of the Pauls -- Rand vs Ryan -- promises to be intriguing.
Vote below on all eight matchups We'll keep the online polling place open until noon Thursday and announce the Elite Eight on Friday!