Karr and Pate

Robert Karr and Bob Pate

Unofficial results show the Choctaw Nation District 11 Tribal Council election has resulted in a runoff.

With none of the council candidates reaching one more vote than 50% of the total, the top two candidates — incumbent Bob Pate and former McAlester city councilman Robert Karr — head to a runoff. 

Karr received 43.68% of the vote and 28.41% voted for Pate.

The runoff will occur on August 10. 

Choctaw voters also overwhelmingly passed two Constitutional amendments.

Choctaw Nation Question One, which changes the number of votes a tribe member will need to address the tribal council during a meeting, passed with 93.75% of the vote.

Choctaw Nation Question Two provides a succession plan if the offices of the Chief and Assistant Chief both become vacant, passed with 92.16% of voters. 

Contact Derrick James at djames@mcalesternews.com

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