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Challenger Says Cherokees Need New Election (Jul 20, 2011)

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Cherokee Nation councilman Bill John Baker says the only way to restore faith among Cherokee voters is to have a new election for chief of Oklahoma's largest Indian tribe.

Baker has twice been declared winner of the June 25 election — but so has his opponent, incumbent Principal Chief Chad Smith.

After multiple ballot counts with different results each time, the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court is considering whether to order a new election. A ruling is expected by the end of the week.

Smith says a new election isn't needed. He won the last recount by four votes.

The situation has drawn comparisons to the famed recount in the 2000 presidential election in Florida in which Republican George W. Bush defeated Democrat Al Gore by fewer than 200 votes.

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