The U.S. Virgin Islands in this week’s most interesting election

Unlike in the general election, United States territories get a say in who each party nominates for president, and citizens of the U.S. Virgin Islands are poised to cast their votes in Republican caucuses this week. The territories tend to march to the beat of their own drum, so the contest between Donald Trump and Nikki Haley could be closer than previous primary elections. The election will also be held using ranked choice voting, whereby each voter will rank their first choice for president, then their second choice for president, etc. rather than simply voting for one candidate. The candidate with the fewest first-place votes will then be eliminated and their votes redistributed to their voters’ second choices; this process is repeated until one candidate has received a majority.

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