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Choctaw Indians runoff election too close to call

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It will come down to absentee ballots to determine the winner of the runoff election for the new tribal chief of the Choctaw Indians.

With the votes tallied from all nine communities in Tuesday's election, the unofficial results show incumbent Chief Phyliss Anderson holding a slight lead with 1,687 votes.

Former chief Beasley Denson is close behind with 1,633 votes.

The absentee ballots will be tallied on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.

The winning chief will serve for the next four years.

Tuesday's runoff was a rematch of the 2011 election, when Anderson defeated Denson to become the first female elected chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

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