CHOCTAW, Miss. (WTOK) - A runoff election for chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is set for July 2.
Official results of the Tuesday election show challenger Cyrus Ben leads two-term Chief Phyliss Anderson. Ben won 45% of nearly 3,700 votes, while Anderson won nearly 36%. Four other candidates won about 20% combined, meaning no one received the majority needed to win.
Anderson was first elected in 2011, defeating incumbent Beasley Denson.
The 11,000-member tribe controls three casinos and other businesses. Its reservation stretches across 35,000 acres in parts of ten Mississippi counties.