Cherokee Nation elects new leader in close race

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Chris Soap, the stepson of the late, legendary Cherokee chief Wilma Mankiller, faces a runoff next month in the race for deputy chief. Mr. Soap received almost 47 percent of the vote in a four-way race. His opponent in the runoff will be Joe Crittenden, who finished second with a little more than 36 percent.

Mr. Soap was Mr. Smith’s running mate, while Mr. Baker opted not to ally himself with any of the four deputy chief candidates, saying he would try to work with whoever won the election.

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