- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) - Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s new principal chief says he is pleasantly surprised by the results of an election that ousted Principal Chief George Tiger.

The Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1kFWjOg ) reports unofficial returns tallied late Saturday show that James Floyd defeated Tiger 3,090 votes to 1,867 votes.

Floyd, a former director the Veterans Administration’s Jack C. Montgomery Medical Center in Muskogee and Ernest Childers Clinic in Broken Arrow, said his campaign did not have the means to gauge where he stood with voters. He said at public appearances that his campaign would not accept contributions to focus on building relationships with individual voters.

“Our barometer was just what we could sense from people. The results were pleasantly surprising to us - (we) felt confident, but people really came through Saturday and we appreciate it,” Floyd said.

Tiger remained in office despite a no-confidence vote from the Creek Nation National Council in March and a failed petition effort to remove him from office. It was revealed that Tiger signed a secret contract in 2009 with a developer of a casino project that would have competed with a Creek Nation casino.

Tiger has said that he did nothing wrong because he signed the contract before becoming chief.

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Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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