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Ranked choice voting would have given the GOP primary an instant runoff

Tuesday’s five-way race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination resulted in a nominee, investment banker and former GE executive, Bob Stefanowski who earned less than 30 percent of the vote. Stefanowski soundly bested Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and the rest of the GOP field. But he earned just over 42,000 total votes. There are more than 480,000 registered Republicans in the state. Stefanowski moves onto the general election despite being the first choice of fewer than one in 10. Stefanowski’s total number of votes, as well as his overall percentage, are the lowest for any nominee in modern times. It doesn’t have to be this way — and these results ought to encourage a fresh look at electoral reforms that produce winners with true majority support. First among them would be ranked choice voting.