Cyrus Ben has defeated Phyliss J. Anderson with 65% of the vote in a runoff election for Choctaw Tribal Chief, complete but unofficial returns show.

Ben received 2,068 votes to Anderson’s 1,109, the complete but unofficial totals showed. The count does not include absentee ballots that are traditionally counted on Wednesday.

Ben won every precinct except Red Water where Anderson had 43 more votes.

The incumbent Anderson was the fourth elected Tribal Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians subsequent to the tribal government's re-establishment of 1945.

Phillip Martin, who had served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II, was elected Chief in 1977 and served for 30 years until he was defeated by Beasley Denson in 2007 by one vote.

The position of Tribal Chief was created by constitutional amendment in 1975 prior to which time the Tribe's principal leader was titled Tribal Chairman. In 1975, with the newly-created position of Tribal Chief, Calvin Isaac was elected to the position, which he held from 1975 to 1979.

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