The 2012 Tea Party Presidential Poll is a Condorcet election method (specifically a version of Copeland’s pairwise aggregation method and the Schulze method developed by Markus Schulze in 1997). It is based on the principle that the winner is the candidate who would beat each of the other candidates in a run-off election if such a candidate exists.

The benefit of this polling system is that it elicits deeper preferences of the individual voter than the simple plurality system commonly used by other polls. It is particularly beneficial in a straw poll because it is more difficult for candidates’ organizations to “game” the system. This method also forces voters to give preferences between candidates who may not be their absolute favorite (or the one who paid for their ticket to attend the straw poll).

The Condorcet method is named for the 18th-century French mathematician and philosopher Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas Caritat, the Marquis de Condorcet.


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