Answer: JAMES

To determine this, look at who is higher ranked in each column of the preference schedule (and by how many voters).


# of Voters



13 12 10
1st G I J
2nd H H G
3rd J J H
4th I G I

James is preferred to Inez by the 13 voters in the first column and the 10 voters in the last column for a total of 23 votes. Inez is preferred to James in the other column, giving Inez 12 votes. So, James beats Inez in a head-to-head matchup. Since James won, we put his name in the appropriate cell of the head-to-head matchup table.

  George Holly James Inez
George ---------- GEORGE JAMES GEORGE
Holly ---------- ---------- HOLLY INEZ
James ---------- ---------- ---------- JAMES
Inez ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------