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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.

Men's Bracket

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