On the Republican Butthurt over Ranked Choice Voting

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.

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2 Responses to On the Republican Butthurt over Ranked Choice Voting

  1. Bill Seymour says:

    I don’t get the argument that Peltola would still have won without RCV.
    In most states, Palin would have lost the primary; and it would have been
    a two-way race between Peltola and Begich. What percentage of Palin-first
    voters gave Begich as their second choice. Wouldn’t almost all of them
    have voted for Begich against Peltola; and wouldn’t that make it about
    60/40 for Begich?

    And even if it were a three-way race, since nobody got a majority,
    wouldn’t there likely have been a runoff with the same result?

  2. mccamj0409 says:

    It’s also hilarious because Republicans weren’t upset when RCV helped Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine hold her seat. IOKIYAR, I guess.

    You give the Magats too much credit. They know nothing but what they’ve been told in the last ten days.

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