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Anderson leads Denson, for now, in Choctaw chief runoff

Choctaw Chief Phyllis Anderson

Choctaw Chief Phyllis Anderson

PHILADELPHIA — The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians was to count absentee ballots Wednesday to decide the runoff election for chief.

Multiple media outlets report the unofficial results from Tuesday’s runoff showed incumbent Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson with a 54-vote lead over former chief Beasley Denson.

Tribal officials say 370 absentee ballots remain to be counted.

Anderson unseated Denson, the incumbent chief, in 2011 with 56 percent of the vote. She became the first woman to lead the 10,000-member Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, which is headquartered in Neshoba County.

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