This is fine as well, but RCV simply means more people prefer A over any other possible candidate. Let’s assume there are four candidates. A gets 22% first choice votes and the other three get slightly more. But the candidates are so different that those who voted for B prefer A over C or D, and the same holds for those who voted for C and prefer A over B or D.
Say A is a fairly free market person who strongly refers market friendly environmental policies and is good on civil liberties. B is a libertarian unconcerned with the environment. C is a strong corporatist Democrat who is OK on civil liberties and not at all market friendly, preferring to favor corporations. D is a right wing equivalent of LePage. This is hardly an unreal spread and many who voted for B and C as first choices would prefer A over D.