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Joe Arpaio loses sheriff's race in 2nd failed comeback bid

Posted On: Aug 8, 2020   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

PHOENIX - Joe Arpaio on Friday was narrowly defeated in his bid to win back the sheriff's post in metro Phoenix that he held for 24 years before being voted out in 2016 amid voter frustrations over his taxpayer-funded legal bills, his penchant for self-promotion and a defiant streak that led to his now-pardoned criminal conviction.
Arpaio lost by more than 6,200 votes in the Republican primary for Maricopa County sheriff to his former top aide, Jerry Sheridan.
In the Nov. 3 general election, Sheridan will face Democrat Paul Penzone, who unseated Arpaio four years ago.
Arpaio said he believes some supporters who have thanked him in recent years for his service really meant they wanted him to move on from politics.
“What they meant is it's time to go fishing,” said Arpaio, who isn't an angler. “I still took a shot at it. I'm not ashamed. I could have won this one.”
The loss marked Arpaio's second failed attempt to return to politics. He ran an unsuccessful primary campaign for U.S. Senate in 2018, not...

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