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Associated Press, Published October 01 2009

Murphy wins Standing Rock election

FORT YATES, N.D. - Former Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Charles Murphy has easily defeated incumbent Ron His Horse Is Thunder to win back the job.

Unofficial results show Murphy received 64 percent of the votes in the tribe's general election Wednesday, to 36 percent for His Horse Is Thunder. More than 1,900 people voted.

The reservation straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. The chairman's race ended up before a tribal judge earlier, when a candidate who finished third in the tribe's primary election in July was denied another chance to get on the ballot. Only the top two vote-getters in the primary advance, and His Horse Is Thunder finished one vote ahead of the third-place candidate.

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