Posted by Emily Risch on March 02, 2020 at 1:13 PM
POLL: BUTTIGIEG VOTERS SPLIT AMONG TOP CONTENDERS
But what happens in Super Tuesday states like California and Texas, where millions of early votes have already been cast?
Dramatic Democratic primary underscores the need for ranked choice voting
The big question on everyone’s mind following Pete Buttigieg’s withdrawal from the presidential campaign is “what other candidate will his supporters embrace?” According to a new SurveyUSA/FairVote poll, they are evenly split between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders at 26% each, with Warren at 18%, Bloomberg at 15% and Klobuchar at 8%. This chart says it all.
Unfortunately, voters in Super Tuesday states and many others with early or absentee voting, will not have the chance to have their voices heard because they were only given the option to vote for one candidate. Several million votes had already been cast in Super Tuesday states before the South Carolina primary and the withdrawal of Buttigieg and Tom Steyer. This is why Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is critical in our elections, especially during presidential primaries.
“Ranked Choice Voting is so important, especially at this stage in the game, in making sure every voice is heard and every vote is counted,” said Rob Richie, President and CEO of FairVote. RCV allows voters to rank their candidates in order of preference, so if their top pick drops out or loses, their vote goes to their second preference.
“For the horse race, our SurveyUSA suggests that Buttigieg’s votes did not belong only to the so-called ‘moderate lane,” added Richie. “But the immediate impact of Buttigieg’s withdrawal may be to help candidates like Biden, Warren and Bloomberg earn more delegates by getting over 15% in more states and congressional districts."
In addition to calling for RCV in all primary elections, FairVote believes it could be the best solution in the event of a contested Democratic Convention in 2020.
- Landing page for SurveyUSA/FairVote national poll of Democratic field taken after last week’s South Carolina debate, where most respondents ranked the entire field of candidates.
- Landing page for background on four state Democratic parties using ranked choice voting in vote-by-mail primaries this spring.