We compare multi-candidate elections under plurality rule versus ranked choice vot-ing (RCV). In our framework candidates choose whether to pursue a narrow campaign that targets their base, or instead pursue a broad campaign that can appeal to the entire electorate. We present two main results comparing RCV to plurality. First, RCV can in-tensify candidates’ incentives to target their core supporters at the expense of a broader appeal. Second, RCV may increase the probability that a candidate who would lose any pairwise contest nonetheless wins a multi-candidate contest. Our results challenge widely held contentions about the benefits of adopting RCV
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