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Navajo Nation head to polls for presidential primary

Members of the Navajo Nation are casting votes today in the tribe's presidential primary.

Incumbent President Joe Shirley Jr. is facing nine challengers, including Vice President Frank Dayish Jr. Only two of the candidates will survive the race.

Dayish won't be one of them, according to George Joe of Rez Biz Magazine. In an election analysis posted on his blog, he says Shirley and Ernest Harry Begay, a former chief of staff in the president's office.

"So, from all indications it looks like Shirley and Begay will advance to the general election, Dayish a possible third, followed by either Vern Lee or Linda Lovejoy, and then the rest," Joe writes.

The results from the primary could be available later tonight. The general election takes place in November.

Get the Story:
Votes cast today for new Navajo President (The Farmington Daily Times 8/8)
NAVAJO ELECTION ANALYSIS: Shirley and Begay likely winners in Navajo primary election (George Joe of Rez Biz Magazine 8/7)

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