Chuck Hoskin Jr. elected Cherokee principal chief

Associated Press

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Unofficial election results show that the Cherokee Nation’s former secretary of state, Chuck Hoskin Jr., has been elected to be the principal chief of the nation’s biggest tribe, winning almost 58% of the vote.

Cherokee Nation spokeswoman Julie Hubbard says the results of Saturday’s election aren’t expected to change much as the remaining challenge ballots are processed.

Principal Chief candidate Dick Lay received 27% of the vote, while a third candidate, David Walkingstick, was disqualified prior to the election.

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