James Floyd says his election as Creek Nation chief 'pleasantly surprising'
OKMULGEE — Color James Floyd pleasantly surprised.
After all the ballots were tallied late Saturday night, unofficial results had Floyd receiving 3,090 votes, or 62.3 percent of the votes cast for principal chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, compared to 1,867 votes or 37.7 percent for the current chief, George Tiger.
The election board released the final unofficial tally just before midnight Saturday, more than three hours after Tiger issued a concession statement. By comparison, ballot counting for the Sept. 19 primary election ran until about 3 a.m.