Choctaw election officials began the official recount Wednesday night and wrapped things up Thursday morning. The final results show that seven time incumbent Chief Phillip Martin has been defeated by his challenger Beasley Denson by 211 votes with Denson receiving 1,697 votes to Martin's 1,486.
Election officials say they plan to certify the votes Friday. As for current Chief Phillip Martin, we were able to catch up with him Thursday morning as he was leaving the tribal hall where the recount took place. Here's what he had to say about the outcome.
"I'm disappointed that I didn't win but that's O.K. That's life! The election process has worked," said Martin. " The people have decided who they want as their leader and that's enough. "
Incoming Chief Denson was not at the Tribal Hall Thursday morning when we arrived for the recount. However, we are told that he spent much of the day preparing for his new position and just relaxing. A swearing in ceremony is set for next Tuesday.