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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton chooses N. Carolina to win in March Madness bracket

Mar 16, 2016, 7:23 PM | Updated: Mar 17, 2016, 8:22 am

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PHOENIX — It’s that time of year again: March Madness time.

Just like usual, Arizona officials are taking part in the annual tradition of predicting which college basketball teams will make it to the Final Four — and which won’t.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton was the latest Arizona political figure to catch the fever. He tweeted out his official March Madness bracket on Wednesday.

Yup, that’s right: The Phoenix native has chosen the North Carolina Tar Heels to win it all.

While not the favorite to win — Kansas has pretty much dominated that title — North Carolina has a 7:1 chance of winning the National Championship after its 28-6 season, according to CBS Sports.

Stanton isn’t the only official with a stake in the tournament: President Obama released his official bracket on Wednesday after being called out on his bad bracket picks last year by an 11-year-old girl named Emilia.

Emilia wrote in a letter to the president that he is a “great president, just not the best bracket picker” and said that she beat him in last year’s March Madness.

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In the 2015 NCAA tournament, Obama picked Arizona, Duke, Kentucky and Villanova to head to the Final Four. This time around, the president gave a call to the bracket expert herself to get her take on what he should pick.

This year, Obama has Kansas taking the top spot, with Texas A&M, Michigan State and UNC rounding out the Final Four.

Stanton and Obama are not alone: KTAR’s own Mac & Gaydos and the Arizona Morning News hosts Jayme West and Jim Sharpe are also going head-to-head in the March Madness face-off.

Jayme and Jim agreed with Obama, pitting Kansas to win the top spot, while Mac & Gaydos stayed local and bet on Arizona.

You definitely want to keep track of his match: the loser has to do an hour of their show with a Burmese Python. No big deal.

Good luck, everyone!

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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton chooses N. Carolina to win in March Madness bracket