Creek Nation election headed for a runoff

Okmulgee, Oklahoma (AP) 9-07

A runoff election has been set for November 3rd to decide who will be the chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

The tribe’s election board on September 28th finalized the results of the primary election held on September 22nd. The runoff will be between current Principal Chief A.D. Ellis and Tribal Councilor George Tiger.

In the primary, Ellis received 39.8 percent of the vote while Tiger received 24.2 percent. Three other candidates were on that ballot.

About 5,000 people voted in the primary.

Eleven of the tribe’s 26 national council seats also will be decided during the runoff.

The tribe’s Second Chief, Alfred Berryhill, retained his seat in the primary by defeating two challengers. He will not face a runoff.

Information from: Tulsa World,