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- Memphis (Shelby County): 826,330
- Nashville (Davidson County): 510,784
- Chattanooga (Hamilton County): 285,536
- Knoxville (Knox County): 335,749

Group A: 42% of voters (close to Memphis)1. Memphis 2. Nashville 3. Chattanooga 4. Knoxville |
Group B: 26% of voters (close to Nashville)1. Nashville 2. Chattanooga 3. Knoxville 4. Memphis |
Group C: 15% of voters (close to Chattanooga)1. Chattanooga 2. Knoxville 3. Nashville 4. Memphis |
Group D: 17% of voters (close to Knoxville)1. Knoxville 2. Chattanooga 3. Nashville 4. Memphis |

Assuming all of the voters vote sincerely (strategic voting is discussed below), the results would be as follows, by percentage:

City | Round 1 | Round 2 | ||
---|---|---|---|---|

First | Last | First | Last | |

Memphis | 42 | 58 | ||

Nashville | 26 | 0 | ||

Chattanooga | 15 | 0 | 15 | |

Knoxville | 17 | 42 | 17 |

- In the first round, no candidate has an absolute majority of first place votes (51).
- Memphis, having the most last place votes (26+15+17=58), is therefore eliminated.
- In the second round, Memphis is out of the running, and so must be factored out. Memphis was ranked first on Group A's ballots, so the second choice of Group A, Nashville, gets an additional 42 first place votes, giving it an absolute majority of first place votes (68 versus 15+17=32) and making it thus the winner. Note that the last place votes are disregarded in the final round.