Especially in crowded primary elections, Ranked Choice Voting is likely to “manufacture” a “majority” candidate even though voters didn’t select one. Two things happen in Ranked Choice runoffs when no candidate wins a majority.
Any voter who does not specify backup choices has their ballot excluded (tossed out!) in the second-stage counting process. This is voter disenfranchisement plain and simple.
Especially in crowded primary elections, it is likely no candidate will win a majority in the first round. In these cases, a “manufacturing” of “promoting second and third choice candidates creates a winner. Candidates with less than majority support are declared winners.