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Shirley VS. Deschene in Navajo Presidential Election

August 27
13:25 2014

The top two vote contenders, Shirley and Deschene, will go head to head during the Navajo Nation Presidential Election in November. Deschene won 19 percent of the votes while Shirley secured 21 percent.

Results for the Navajo Nation Presidential Primary, as reported by the Navajo Nation Elections Administration with 110 of 110 polls reporting:

Joe ShirleyJoe Shirley, Jr.: 10,910
Chris Deschene: 9,734
Russell Begaye: 7,404
Donald Benally: 5,286
Kenneth Maryboy: 3,153
Edison J. Wauneka: 2,454
Ben Shelly: 2,446
Myron McLaughlin: 2,333
Carrie Lynn Martin: 2,136
Dale E. Tsosie: 1,278
Duane H. Yazzie: 1,112
Moroni Benally: 965
Cal Nez: 592
Edison “Chip” Begay: 547
Hank Whitethorne: 398
Kee Yazzie Mann: 336
Dan Smith: 216

Chris DeshaneThe Navajo Times reports Joe Shirley Jr. supporters stormed the Window Rock Sports Center Tuesday night chanting “8 more years” while declaring victory in the Navajo Nation presidential primary election with just a handful of chapters left to report.

According to the Times report, they were defying those who had grumbled that Shirley’s previous two terms, 2004-2011, should have been enough and Shirley should step aside and let a younger person take the helm.

That younger person could be local boy, Chris Deschene, from LeChee and class of ’89 Page High School, who grabbed a good share of the youth vote and trailed Shirley by just 2 percent of voting totals

Meanwhile, of his defeat, current President Ben Shelly said,

The People have spoken….my political career ends here.” – Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly

Shelly came in 7th overall in the playing field with just 2,446 votes.

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