“Republicans are starting to worry about RFK Jr.”

POLITICO reports on new polling that suggests RFK Jr. might pull support from Trump as well as Biden. Although the story doesn’t say so, the key point should be that a well-designed electoral system wouldn’t let a third-party or independent candidate like RFK Jr. have an effect on whether Trump or Biden wins. It’s too bad that the two major parties, both afraid of the “spoiler” effect that RFK Jr. might have to their chances of winning, couldn’t agree on the need to adopt some sort of runoff mechanism (at least in the battleground states) to assure that whichever candidate wins a state’s electoral votes has the support of a majority–and not just a plurality–of the state’s voters.

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