So once all the dust has settled, it actually does look like RCV elected the wrong person via center squeeze. https://www.reddit.com/r/EndFPTP/comments/x9oupk/2022_alaska_special_general_vote_breakdown/ What this means: there was a candidate -- Begich -- who would have won any head-to-head election against his opponents. This is the Condorcet winner, and while it doesn't always exist, it's widely acknowledged that if it does exist, a voting system should pick it. This version of RCV did not do so. Additionally, if 2913 Palin voters that preferred Begich to Peltola betrayed Palin by strategically ranking Begich 1st he would have won instead of Peltola. This is a classic spoiler effect under RCV. If Peltola were to have gained the support of 5825 Palin voters, she would have lost to Begich. Yep, if she'd gotten more votes, she would have lost. Arguably even worse, if 5825 Palin > Begich > Peltola voters had stayed home, their 2nd choice instead of their 3rd choice would have won. We don't like voting systems that penalize participation. If 5828 Palin > Begich voters, 2915 Begich voters, and 2914 Peltola > Begich voters were removed from the election, Begich would have won. But if you counted just those removed votes, Begich also would have won. This is inconsistent. Two winning scenarios added shouldn't add up to a losing scenario. This is 5 different types of failure in a single election, culminating in a center squeeze. I may like the winner, but the fact is there was a spoiler effect that RCV proponents claim doesn't exist. It's there, but somewhat chaotic. Should Alaska go back to plurality? Hell no. But if reformers don't push for a different voting method, say, approval or score, it's likely people will demand a more comprehensible system if they're going to have to vote strategically anyway, and that's going to default to plurality. TLDR: there was a Condorcet winner; it was Begich; he wasn't chosen, and there are several awful counterfactual vote totals that will make people real suspicious of RCV and rightly so.