Election for Choctaw Chief heads to runoff

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The election for Mississippi’s next Choctaw Chief will head to a runoff. With no candidate receiving the necessary 50% plus 1 vote required to win, a runoff will now take place on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, to determine who will be Tribal Chief for the next four years. 

Cyrus Ben is leading the vote while current Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Phyliss Anderson fell behind slightly. Absentee ballots were counted Wednesday and The results show that just over 3,600 people voted in the election.

Incumbent Chief Phyliss Anderson received 36% of the vote, with 1,306 ballots cast, and Cyrus Ben got 45% of the vote with 1,649 ballots cast. There were four other candidates in the race.

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