Last night, as Alaskan Democrat Mary Peltola defeated two conservative candidates, including former governor and constant self-beclowner Sarah Palin, right wingers took to social media to decry ranked choice voting (RCV), which is how Alaska (and Maine) run their elections. Many claimed that Peltola (aka ‘The Democrat’) would have lost, were it not for RCV. As you might imagine, this is untrue. In a first past the post election, Peltola, who received a plurality of forty percent of the first votes, still would have won.
The real stories are the high number of Begich voters who voted against Palin (i.e., second choice was Peltola), along with those who decided to only vote for Begich. That might not bode well for Republicans in the 2022 regular elections.
It’s also hilarious because Republicans weren’t upset when RCV helped Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine hold her seat. IOKIYAR, I guess.