something that happened in my school once was an election where there were three candidates. two would've done a good job, but they lost to the third, who was completely irresponsible. the reason that person won was because a bunch of people thought he wouldn't get any votes, so they voted for him thinking he'd lose but be able to keep some dignity. however, the number of pity votes ended up being a plurality because the rest of the student body was split 50/50 over the qualified two and the winner had barely over a third of the votes. so perhaps there's a similar situation there? i don't know, just a thought.