March Madness: Politicians Catch NCAA Fever

Mar 20, 2014 5:47am

As March Madness sweeps the nation, politicians are getting into the prediction business and filling out brackets for the NCAA tournament too. And not just President Obama.

Several well-known political figures — current members of Congress and governors — have picked their home state teams to win the championship. One former — and possibly future — presidential contender selected teams from states he won in 2012 to go far in the tournament

Take a look at the teams these politicians think will go all the way:

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Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La.

The Louisiana governor, who is said to be a potential presidential candidate in 2016, picked Florida to win the championship. (Key swing state, by the way).

Gov. Bobby Jindal 2014 NCAA Bracket

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Gov. Martin O’Malley, D-Md.

The Maryland governor, who may have designs on the White House one day, chose Florida to overcome Louisville in the final.

Gov. Martin OMalley 2014 NCAA Bracket

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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.

The Democratic National Committee chair and Florida congresswoman’s Sunshine State pride shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz 2014 NCAA Bracket

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum

Iowa is former presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s second home — and the team nearly makes his final four.

Rick Santorum 2014 NCAA Bracket

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

For the Arizona senator, it’s the Wildcats all the way. Naturally.

Sen. John McCain 2014 NCAA Bracket

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Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla.

Florida’s GOP governor, who is facing a re-election challenge from Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, sees Florida taking the championship.

Gov. Rick Scott 2014 NCAA Bracket

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Gov. Brian Sandoval, R-Nev.

Gov. Sandoval and President Obama may not have much in common — politically — but they do when it comes to Michigan State.

Gov. Brian Sandoval 2014 NCAA Bracket

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