Andrew K: Man, a lot of commenters seem really confused how ranked choice voting works. There were four candidates - when voting you can rank who you want elected first choice, second, choice, third choice, fourth choice. If no candidate gets 50% of the vote, then the candidate with the lowest first choice votes is eliminated from contention - the people who used rank choice have their votes transferred to the candidate who they listed as their second choice. If no one still has 50% the next lowest candidate is eliminated and the process continues until someone has the requisite 50%. If 3rd party candidates are from say the green party or the socialist party - it's not unlikely that the vast majority of their second choice votes would be for Democrats, just as if 3rd party candidate was Constitution or Christian Liberty Party, it wouldn't be surprising if the vast majority of the 2nd choice votes were for Republicans. It's a pretty great system, as it promotes 3rd parties vs insuring two party dominance and avoids rewarding minor plurality parties who just happen to have a very cohesive base.